Victoria has lost several large Federal Government infrastructure projects to other states, allowing its regional economy to fall behind.
In 2015–16, Victoria’s gross domestic product rate per capita in regional areas collapsed by eight per cent since peaking in 2006–07.
The inactive Dan Andrews has been asleep at the wheel, while the Weatherill Government has pledged tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer assistance to secure a $5 billion Land 400 combat vehicle project contract for South Australia.
Geelong’s city leaders and Coalition MPs have appealed at a state and federal level for Geelong to win the contract.
Comments attributable to Simon Ramsay, Member for Western Victoria:
While the Andrews Government has been busy fighting Victoria’s CFA volunteers, South Australia cleverly put together an attractive investment defence sector package.
It would be a real slap in the face for the Geelong community if South Australia, already successful with a $50 billion submarine contract, secured the contract to build 225 next-generation armed combat vehicles.
Geelong has a skilled workforce at the ready and a manufacturing industry with a proven track record, but unfortunately we’re stuck with an Andrews Government that is too lazy, too disinterested or too unprepared to compete with South Australia on this important contract.
Having only just staffed the much-heralded procurement office in Geelong, we are way behind the eight ball.
A late scramble by Dan Andrews might be all too late, but I urge the Andrews Government to do everything in its power to secure the $5 billion land combat vehicle project for Geelong, which would be a huge economic and strategic boost for the city and region.