The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to back tourism, jobs and community services across the Central Goldfields.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford visited Maryborough today to announce $1.4 million over two years to support the continuation of the Go Goldfields initiative from 2018 to 2020.
Go Goldfields is an alliance of agencies working to deliver community-driven approaches to improve health, education and social outcomes for children, youth and families in the Central Goldfields Shire.
Over the next two years, Go Goldfields will continue to promote long-term economic and social benefits by focusing on four priority areas – family violence, children and families, youth and work readiness.
The new funding builds on the Labor Government’s previous investment in the Go Goldfields initiative through the Stronger Regional Communities Plan.
Minister Pulford also announced $200,000 towards the Central Goldfields Economic Development Tourism Strategy that will enable the Shire to develop a clear vision for economic and tourism growth in the region.
The funding will be used to engage with community and industry groups on the Strategy, and to develop an approach to re-engage disadvantaged community members.
This engagement will inform the Strategy, which will review the current economic development and tourism strategies, programs and projects, including the economic development work undertaken through the Go Goldfields program.
The Labor Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan aims to support rural and regional towns to attract families and young people by investing in initiatives that make regional Victoria a better place to live and work.
As stated by Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The work of Go Goldfields cannot be understated and I am proud to be able to deliver ongoing support to this important project.”
“The Central Goldfields Economic Development and Tourism Strategy aims to make the Shire more attractive to visitors and investors, and an even better place to live and work.”