Regional Jobs and Investment Package for the NSW South Coast region

Regional Jobs and Investment Package for the NSW South Coast region

  • Local committee to identify investment priorities for the Coalition’s $20 million jobs package announced

  • Funding for local infrastructure projects, business innovation grants and skills and training

  • Coalition Government letting local communities decide their own future

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash together with Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis announced the NSW South Coast Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) Local Planning Committee today.

Fiona Hatcher has been appointed chair of the committee along with the following members: Russell Fitzpatrick, Joanna Gash, Natalie Godward, Paul Goodwin, Les Kosev, Donna Payne, Jenny Robb and Zachary Sequoia.

“These people are leaders in their local communities and have the important responsibility of representing their communities,” said Minister Nash.

“This Local Planning Committee will nominate the local industry sectors the package will invest in and will identify opportunities for economic growth.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in sustainable local jobs helps grow that kind of community.”

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the Local Planning Committee will develop a Local Investment Plan that will list the forward-looking growth sectors, in-turn creating sustainable jobs for the future across the South Coast.

“There are businesses in the wings waiting to expand in Gilmore and others wanting to move here,” she said.

“Once the Local Investment Plan is done, the applications for Gilmore and the NSW South Coast region can roll in.

“I’m so very excited how this plan will support local communities and the employment sector. I can confirm we have 50 apprentices signed up and listed. 90 further apprentices are now waiting official signoff with the NSW Government. Our initial target was 52 by 31 March, 2017.

“The Coalition Government’s aim is to create more jobs and export opportunities, to become a working destination of choice that has lifestyle assets to encourage both business investment and entrepreneurial endeavours to move here,” Ms Sudmalis said.

Funding will be available across three streams: Local Infrastructure, Business Innovation and Skills and Training.

For more information visit the Regional Jobs and Investment Package website. Media Release

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