- A re-elected Liberal Nationals Government to fund Go Goldfields
- Funding to be delivered over the next three years
- Coalition Government is committed to building a better regional Victoria
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited Maryborough today to announce a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Government will invest $2 million to continue the successful Go Goldfields Program.
Mr Ryan who was joined by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, said the Central Goldfields Shire Council had sought a funding commitment of $2 million over three years and the Coalition Government was more than willing to assist.
The Coalition Government has been a proud supporter of Go Goldfields since 2011, investing $2.5 million to develop and fund the successful local initiative.
Go Goldfields is delivering community driven approaches to improve social, education and health outcomes for children, teenagers and families in Maryborough and surrounding communities.
“The program has been a great success with literacy levels improving among local primary school aged children, school absenteeism is down, teenagers are better engaged at school and incidences of family violence have fallen,” Mr Ryan said.
“With so many positive outcomes being achieved, it is important that we continue to support this program and that is what a re-elected Coalition Government will do.
“The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, are committed to delivering for regional and rural communities including the Central Goldfields and we continue to be strong supporters of initiatives such as Go Goldfields.”
Mr Turner who campaigned strongly for the funding said he was thrilled the Coalition Government had listened to the community and made this significant commitment.
“This commitment is great news for Maryborough and communities right across the Central Goldfields,” Mr Turner said.
“It has been made off the back of a lot of hard work from our local community and I thank the many locals who signed my petition calling for this funding.
“Go Goldfields helps our community become a better version of itself and I applaud the Coalition Government for supporting us for another three years.”
Ms Staley joined Mr Turner in welcoming this investment, saying the program was delivering positive outcomes for the region.
“Healthier and more engaged communities benefit us all,” Ms Staley said.
“School absenteeism and family violence are a problem in this region and by investing in Go Goldfields we can help reduce these issues.
“I applaud the Coalition Government for committing to this successful program if re-elected on 29 November,” Ms Staley said.