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Armidale welcomes new department after decentralisation process commences

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) was officially opened in Armidale by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce last week, fulfilling another key election promise by The Nationals.

The APVMA opening its doors in the Cathedral City has proved its critics wrong and cemented The Nationals as the only Party dedicated to bringing jobs to the bush. 

The Nationals’ push for a decentralised public sector is now in full swing with Mr Joyce noting the APVMA’s move was just the beginning.

“We know that every dollar spent in country businesses helps to create more jobs, higher wages and better confidence in regional Australia,” said Mr Joyce.

“That is why The Nationals are the only Party that advocates for regional and rural communities and the sharing of public sector jobs, which will deliver long-term dividends to regional towns.”

Our Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, also made headlines last week after her address at the National Press Club which reinforced the Nationals’ commitment to regional jobs, seen through the Commonwealth’s new decentralisation policy for government departments.

“If we attract the brains back to the bush, we'll go a long way to creating sustainable communities into the future. To do that, we need to create more careers, as well as jobs, in the bush,” said Senator Nash.

The decentralisation of the APVMA follows several successful government departments’ removals. At Federal level, the government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has moved to Wagga Wagga and at a State level, the NSW Department of Primary Industries successfully relocated from Sydney, now employing almost 700 people in the Orange region.

Our regions are an essential part of the Australian economy, generating two thirds of our total exports and capturing 45 per cent of domestic tourism.

Creating jobs in regional centres will create sustainable communities for the future, ensure our region’s economic contribution stays strong and help address problems occurring in the city such as congestion, housing affordability, infrastructure and health demands.

“Shifting to the country makes sense both for government departments and capital city residents,” said Senator Nash.

“Moving government departments to the regions puts more money in our towns, more customers in our shops, more students in our schools and more volunteers in our local fire brigade.”

With the APVMA temporary office now open, Armidale locals have been hired to fill the new roles, and the recruitment process will be ongoing until the centre officially opens in 2019. Upon its completion, the department is expected to employ 172 people.

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