Our region features in a new Victorian Government campaign aimed at Melburnians, to highlight how great country Victoria is to live, work and invest.
The launch of the Ready when you are campaign last Friday coincided with the July 1 introduction of the doubling of the regional First Home Owner Grant and cuts to stamp duty.
The campaign features people from around the state who have already relocated to country Victoria, and shares their stories about what encouraged them to move.
The key drawcards for those looking to relocate include affordable housing, education, health and lifestyle — with other drivers being family, social connections and employment.
‘‘Labor is making it easier for country businesses to create jobs by cutting payroll tax by 25 per cent — giving some businesses the lowest rate in the country and giving everyone the chance to buy their first home,’’ Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.
‘‘We know regional Victoria has the best of everything and we want more people to experience it. Regional Victoria is ready when you are.’’
However, the Coalition say the campaign is simply a relaunch of the old Regional Living promotional campaign Labor axed three years ago.
‘‘Daniel Andrews might have dusted off the old Regional Living website, but the Premier for Melbourne still doesn’t have a vision or a plan for growing regional Victoria,’’ Regional Development Shadow Minister Peter Walsh said.
‘‘People who live in the country now are frustrated by a poor rail network, increasing cost of energy, and deteriorating country roads and on top of that there is a regional jobs crisis that has seen thousands of jobs disappear from our regional industries in the past few months.
‘‘Victoria needs a whole of state population plan, not just a website, and that’s why the Liberal Nationals are already on the job with our Population Policy Taskforce.’’