More public transport essential

By Seymour Telegraph

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has voiced concerns about the level of unemployment in the Hume region.

Recently released figures for Victoria show the state-wide unemployment rate has dropped but Ms Ryan claims unemployment in the Hume region has increased.

‘‘Figures released earlier this month by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed there are 4690 fewer full-time and 2370 fewer part-time jobs for residents across the region compared to last quarter,’’ Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan believes one of the factors driving lower employment rates is the lack of public transport in the Seymour area and that the Victorian government should be encouraging decentralisation of population growth.

‘‘Transport connectivity remains one of the key drivers for economic and job growth in regional Victoria,’’ she said.

‘‘Access to fast, reliable public transport is critical in delivering more employment opportunities and help decentralise the state’s booming population growth.’’

‘‘Instead of trying to spin the numbers, the treasurer should be helping unemployed Victorians and that means allocating funding for new long-haul train services for the region,’’ she said.