The City of Warrnambool will support strategic economic development and investment opportunities in the region with the help of a $30,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP.
Ms Tierney said the council would use the Provincial Economic Partnerships funding to employ a Business Support Officer for 2 years.
“Council recently identified significant industry development in the Warrnambool and Moyne region,” Ms Tierney said.
“Planned investment in renewable and green energy is estimated to run into some $8 billion, with approximately half in the Warrnambool and Moyne region.”
“While such development is welcome and will provide expansion opportunities for support businesses in the region, it will also create planning and development issues for Council.
The Business Support Officer will co-ordinate and undertake a range of key projects including:
Delivery of a Business Forums Program for local business.
Development of a program of Small Business Networking events.
Undertaking a feasibility study for a Chamber of Commerce.
Ms Tierney said the Provincial Economic Partnerships program was an important part of the Bracks Government’s Make It Happen in Provincial Victoria campaign which encourages people to relocate to rural and regional areas.
“The PEP program provides financial assistance for councils to highlight their region’s strength through promotional marketing activities and to help up-skill staff working in the area of economic development,” Ms Tierney said.
“The Brumby Government is committed to working in partnership with local councils and communities to drive new growth and investment opportunities across provincial Victoria.”
Ms Tierney said the City of Warrnambool was to be commended for its initiative in promoting the region’s business, recreational and lifestyle opportunities.