| February 10, 2017

Murray residents must ‘have their say’ on moving jobs to our region

  • Damian Drum welcomes Senate inquiry into relocating Commonwealth departments
  • Senate Inquiry backed by Committee for Greater Shepparton

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, is urging the Murray community to have their say on moving Commonwealth agencies to regional areas, following the announcement of a Senate Inquiry into decentralisation.

‘This is a crucial opportunity for the people of Murray to stand up and fight to bring well-paid, skilled jobs and people to our electorate,’ Mr Drum said. ‘I encourage local governments, business groups and community associations to contact my office if they are interested in making a submission to this inquiry.’

Interested groups can contact Damian Drum’s office at: Damian.Drum.mp@aph.gov.au

‘The electorate of Murray provides so much of the country’s fresh fruit and milk,’ Mr Drum added. ‘We deserve the benefits of public sector employment just as much as any capital city.’

The call for decentralisation has been supported by the Committee for Greater Shepparton chief executive, Sam Birrell.

‘The Committee for Greater Shepparton supports the Senate enquiry to examine jobs move to regions,’ Mr Birrell said. ‘The nation would benefit from moving appropriate Government departments in a sustainable way to regional cities.’

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce MP, is encouraging as many groups as possible to have their say.

‘Every town that has ever wanted Centrelink or a tax office, every town that has ever wanted a Centre of Excellence, every town that has wanted an agency such as the Grains Research and Development Corporation or the Murray Darling Basin Authority, now is the time to make your bid,’ Deputy Prime Minister Joyce said.

“We know there are significant savings in moving to regional areas – relocating the Rural Industries RDC to Wagga Wagga from Canberra will deliver savings of about $1.2 million per year, including $266,000 in rent alone,” Deputy Prime Minister Joyce said. 

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