The Victorian Government has awarded a $50,000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan to Moyne Shire Council for it to prepare its economic development strategy.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that build community capabilities or improve the liveability of regional and rural towns.
This project will develop a five-year economic development strategy for Moyne Shire that will identify actions to be undertaken to drive migration to the area and population growth to reap the associated economic benefits.
The project will provide Moyne Shire with direction to build on its competitive advantage in the renewable energy sector and the nature-based and indigenous tourism sectors.
Moyne Shire will work closely with community and key stakeholders to ensure the resulting working document reflects community aspirations to develop and grow emerging industries in the Shire.
Development of the strategy will include extensive consultation with Moyne Shire businesses, Council, and the community through surveys, workshops, focus groups, interviews and listening posts.
Moyne Shire has appointed a dedicated Economic Development Officer and this position will be responsible for overseeing roll out of the priorities developed in the new strategy.
The Stronger Regional Communities Plan aims to support rural and regional towns to attract families and young people to live and work by investing in community-led projects that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business.
Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, individual businesses, and industry alliances are all eligible to apply for funding for projects that will create stronger communities.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“The $50,000 grant from the Victorian Government is an investment in the Moyne Shire Economic Development Strategy.”
“What is key for this project is that Moyne Shire is committed to working closely with the community and stakeholders to ensure a great outcome for the plan for the economic growth of the shire.”
“The Victorian Government is building stronger regional communities and we are doing it with locals.”