The Andrews Labor Government has announced Victoria’s first ever Cross Border Commissioner in a win for locals living and working across the state’s borders.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today announced the appointment of Luke Wilson to the critical new role, which will be responsible for promoting the interests of Victorian border communities, resolving issues, and developing common approaches with neighbouring states.
Mr Wilson has had a long career in both the public and private sectors, with experience in areas including agriculture, forestry and energy.
He currently holds a senior position in the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), and will commence in the new role next month.
The Cross Border Commissioner will be based in Wodonga and divide his time between a number of Victorian Government offices along our borders to ensure all communities engaged direct.
The Mallee Regional Partnership championed the establishment of the Cross Border Commissioner, with the Labor Government committing $760,000 in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to establish the position.
The Cross Border Commissioner will work closely with Government Department offices in; Mildura, Echuca and Wodonga, and visiting communities and businesses right along Victoria’s borders from Mallacoota to Portland.