Investment in regions to breed confidence
Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash has applauded Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s determination to invest in partnership with regional communities and breed confidence in those communities, which he spoke of during his National Press Club address today.
“I’ve been saying for quite some time, Australia’s cities only exist because of Australia’s regions,” Minister Nash said.
“Our regions supply most of the water, food, electricity and gas which powers our cities. The standard of living city Australians enjoy is thanks to rural, regional and remote Australia.
“Investing in partnership with rural, regional and remote communities helps breed confidence in those communities. It says the Government thinks your community is worth investing in and thinks your community has a bright future and that encourages local businesspeople to invest and create jobs too.
“The Coalition Government is doing this in many ways. We invest in partnership with communities through the new Building Better Regions Fund, for which applications are currently open.
“We invest in partnership through the Regional Jobs and Investment Programmes – more than $200 million from the Coalition Government.
“The Coalition Government also invests in partnership with telecommunications companies to improve the lives of rural, regional and remote Australians through the Mobile Black Spots Programme, which is building 765 mobile phone towers around the nation after six years of Labor neglect.
“I’m proud to be part of a Turnbull-Joyce Government which is driving confidence and investment in our regions.”