Farm Guide VIC : 2012-13
64 Rural & Regional Development Putting Locals First Putting Locals First has been designed to realise the Government's policy of supporting the development of local solutions to address gaps in services and infrastructure in regional communities. The program recognises that local people have a role to play in addressing the challenges faced by their communities. When local people become involved in the decision-making and governance roles, communities can identify and assess issues, explore local priorities and take action to get things done. Building stronger communities also improves people's access to jobs, education, business opportunities and other aspects of community life such as recreation and volunteering. Stronger communities also make better use of existing resources, networks and partnerships, particularly in response to change. Support for the Latrobe Valley The Victorian Coalition Government has committed $10 million to the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund to create new employment opportunities and encourage new private sector investment by providing enabling infrastructure in the region. Applicants to the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund must demonstrate their ability to create jobs and social and economic opportunities for the Latrobe Valley and its workforce. For more information visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au Funding for food recovery Financial assistance is available through the Victorian Coalition Government's $10 million Victorian Business Flood Recovery Fund. The Fund was established to encourage private sector investment and job creation in areas affected by the 2010-2011 foods. Private sector investors who are looking at expanding their business or establishing a new business are eligible to apply. Applicants may be eligible for funding over $50,000 if they can demonstrate their ability to improve employment, business and economic opportunities in food-affected regions. The Fund will operate until 2012-13. For more information contact the Victorian Business Line on 13 22 15 or visit w w w.rdv.vic.gov.au Economic Infrastructure Program The Economic Infrastructure program aims to improve the productive potential of regional Victoria by strengthening regional industries, supporting and growing local economies, and providing opportunities for regional Victoria through investment in enabling strategic infrastructure. There are four categories of funding available: • Growing and sustaining regional industries and jobs • Transforming and transitioning local economies • Building strategic tourism and cultural assets • Energy for the regions.