Investment $325 million
To support a pathway of prosperity for regional Victoria through water, tourism, infrastructure, marketing programs, and cultivating the growth of future industries.
What will the money be used for?
This investment includes:
Upgrades to irrigation infrastructure
$123 million for upgrades to irrigation infrastructure, connecting towns in South Gippsland, and protecting Bendigo's farming industries and the future of the tourist mine.
Regional tourism infrastructure
$101 million for regional tourism infrastructure projects, including funding for a new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to be built on Phillip Island.
The Phillip Island Nature Parks will also contribute $10 million towards the new Visitor Centre.
$38 million for Visit Victoria to promote our tourism and major events to the nation and the world.
$40 million to help the Latrobe Valley build a strong and secure economy.
$11.1 million to improve mobile coverage in regional Victoria.
Bendigo Arts Precinct
$7 million for the Bendigo Arts Precinct, so the regional city can become a creative hub for Victoria.
Innovation in Ballarat
$4.2 million for the Ballarat Innovation Lab and Digital Space.
Industries that are in transition
The Government is also looking out for people who work in industries that are in transition. The Budget provides $73.8 million to give Victorians the skills to succeed, and connect job seekers with employers, so these long-serving specialists and professionals can find decent jobs in new, fast-growing industries. This includes:
- $53 million for the creation of Jobs Victoria to coordinate all Victorian employment programs
- $10.8 million for community revitalisation
- $10 million to expand the Back to Work Scheme for automotive workers