Rural Victorians call for $4 billion in support
Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) is calling on the State and Federal governments to provide $4 billion to support rural Victorian communities in the wake of devastating droughts, the recent bushfire crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chair of Rural Councils Victoria, Cr Mary-Ann Brown said:
“Many communities have taken a triple blow, with drought, the bushfire crisis and now the coronavirus pandemic.
“Many rural communities have suffered a great deal already this year and we are calling on the state and federal governments to dedicate $4 billion for spending only in Rural Victoria.
“The figure is based on a package valued at 10 per cent of rural gross regional product, and would be used to ensure farms, workers, communities, individuals, families and businesses can survive.
“This Victorian Rural Emergency Package will help ensure that rural Victoria will be in a strong continue to continue supplying food to the whole country, helping with food security.
“The Victorian Rural Emergency Package is about saving and creating jobs in rural communities, feeding the nation and ensuring that rural Victoria can quickly get back to full strength.
“There are 300,000 jobs in Rural Victoria and we need to ensure that as many as possible are saved and others created for those who lose their job because of this pandemic.”
The Emergency Package would:
Cr Brown said:
Rural Victoria is crucial to the state on so many levels:
“The Federal and State governments must step up with a Rural Emergency Stimulus Package to ensure food security, as well as maintaining and creating jobs.”
About Rural Councils Victoria:
Rural Councils Victoria represents Victoria’s rural councils, supporting and promoting sustainable, liveable, prosperous rural communities