The Nationals in Government have welcomed the massive interest in new jobs at the Regional Investment Corporation; proof that decentralisation delivers for the regions.

More than 340 applications for 32 new jobs, more than 85 of which were from locals, had been received by the RIC, which was already delivering low-interest loans to farmers in need.

Federal Nationals Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said it showed decentralisation worked – providing jobs for locals and bringing new people to our regions.

“Country people deserve stable public sector careers just as much as city people do,” Mr Littleproud said. “It’s no wonder we’re getting hundreds of applications from inside and outside the region for these new public service jobs in Orange. The place is beautiful; it’s a great place to raise kids, has excellent food and wine and you can park out front of your favourite restaurant.”

“Public sector jobs are a huge economic driver creating many jobs downstream. The new corporate, agri-finance and executive staff will spend money locally, creating even more jobs.”

Nationals Member for Calare Andrew Gee said it was great to see that of the 340-plus applications, 85 had come from the Orange region.

“Opening a new government office in a regional area brings economic growth, higher wages and so many flow-on benefits to the broader community and economy,” Mr Gee said. “These jobs are very welcome in the central west and is another great example of the Nationals in Government’s commitment to decentralisation.”

Fast Facts:
• The RIC opened for business on 1 July 2018
• Administers concessional loans and the National Water Infrastructure loans.
• Election commitment kept.
• The Nationals in Government have doubled the amount a farm business can borrow from the RIC to $2 million. $500 million will be made available for these loans in any one year.