Treasurer Kim Wells opened State Trustee’s new regional office in Bendigo today, bringing 100 new jobs to the region and boosting the city’s reputation as a hub for financial services.
Mr Wells said the move was expected to provide millions of dollars in flow-on benefits to the local economy.
“About 75 of the 100 positions based at the Bendigo office are being filled locally while the remaining 25 are existing staff members who have relocated from the Melbourne head office,” Mr Wells said.
“These new jobs are providing great opportunities for local residents and are a fantastic boost to Bendigo’s economy.”
Mr Wells said the Victorian Coalition Government was delivering on its promise to govern for all Victorians, particularly those living in rural and regional Victoria.
“There are many great positives in decentralising government services, but it’s important that communities also have the services and infrastructure to support a shift in population,” Mr Wells said.
“We have already established a satellite office of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Bendigo to improve service delivery to families living in regional Victoria.
“The Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund is also strengthening the economic base of communities like Bendigo, creating jobs and providing the infrastructure, facilities and services that were neglected by Labor for more than a decade.”
Mr Wells said the opening of the new State Trustees office furthered the Coalition Government’s aim to improve regional services by moving the organisation closer to clients in regional Victoria.
“Regional Victoria’s population is ageing at a more rapid rate than Melbourne’s. Accordingly, not only will demand for financial, legal and estate services from older Victorians increase, but ease of access to these services will be an important consideration,” Mr Wells said.
“All services can be accessed from the new regional office, including will writing, administration of deceased estates, personal financial administration and trustee services.”