As part of the platform for election by Vote 1 Local Jobs we have developed an eight-point jobs plan to create secure employment for current and future generations who reside in Western Victoria.
At Vote 1 Local Jobs we believe these eight points are a strong foundation for increased employment and economic security for Western Victoria.
If we don’t take a stand on some of these issues the way of life we enjoy will be swallowed up by taxes, lack of funding and the metropolitan drain. Country areas will die without greater support and it’s time we are proactive to ensure we protect Western Victoria for future generations.
Vote 1 Local Jobs is a party by Western Victorians for Western Victorians.
Our eight-point plan includes:
1. Removing payroll tax obligations from country businesses
- Incentive for businesses to locate and employ outside Melbourne
- To be financed through a 1% increase in metropolitan payroll tax
2. Committing Government Authorities to purchase local through a regional "buy local" incentive
- Government authorities must buy local when product pricing is within 5% of metropolitan rates
- Will increase local expenditure and create employment opportunities
3. Relocating a further 5% of Government Departments to regional areas
- Greater accessibility of government services by Western District residents
- Increased job opportunities in Western Victoria
4. Lowering the driving age to 17 for apprentices and workers during working hours
- Improve employment and training opportunities for regional young people
- Licence only available for travel to, from and during work
5. Creating improved regional education by increasing funding to Universities, TAFEs and Technical Colleges.
- Regional education institutions to receive drastically increased funding
- Establish on-line training in small towns to overcome distance and travel
6. Investing the $50 million currently spent annually on the Grand Prix into Western Victoria roads and rail
- Additional $50m to be spent on Western District roads
- Improved road network will encourage greater investment in region
- In four years, with investment of $200m, our road network will be where it should be
7. Protecting agricultural land and supporting the industry for future generations
- NO to coal seam gas – it will damage our ground water and ultimately cost us our way of life and jobs
- NO to free trade agreements which will weaken our agricultural product
- NO to the foreign buy-up of our farmland
8. Overhauling the childcare system to support working parents
- Remove red tape to reduce cost of child care
- Support training to encourage in-home child care
- Greater flexibility in childcare hours