Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee has welcomed the Budget 2019-20 announcement that 25 new positions are on their way to the Central West under the Federal Government’s Decentralisation Agenda.
Mr Gee said the Decentralisation Agenda will relocate the Regional Programs Branch of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (DIRDC) from Canberra to Orange. The DIRDC is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs. This includes the delivery of a number including the Building Better Regions Fund and Community Development Grants program.
“The Decentralisation Agenda is all about boosting economic growth in our regions and creating jobs. We know that the lifestyle in the bush is fantastic and now we can demonstrate that great career opportunities are also available.
“This announcement builds on the 25-30 jobs already delivered through the establishment of the Regional Investment Corporation in Orange.
“By locating government services and jobs in the regions, public servants are closer to the people and industries they serve. The benefits go beyond service delivery.
“With many Australians now looking outside of capital cities to purchase a home and raise their children, this decentralisation agenda provides the perfect opportunity for more people to live in our regions.”