Jobs drought continues in North West

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley says drastic action is needed to reverse Daniel Andrew’s jobs disappearing act in North West Victoria.

This month’s ABS regional jobs figures in the North West region (including Ararat, Stawell, St Arnaud, Charlton and Donald) show that the labour force has been reduced by 2742 workers since Daniel Andrews seized control of the state in December 2014.

Total employment is also down by a concerning 1,758 people.

Ripon MP, Louise Staley said the Andrews Government had not been working hard enough to reverse growing unemployment concerns.

“Communities like Stawell, Donald, St Arnaud and Ararat continue to bleed jobs, the Government needs to be more proactive in attracting growth opportunities.” Ms Staley said.

“1,758 local residents are now out of work, under the Daniel Andrew’s regime, it is becoming increasingly tougher to secure employment in North West Victoria.”

“Daniel Andrew has been too distracted by political infighting and going to war with volunteers to make any serious attempt to return jobs to our communities”.

“Daniel Andrews is too busy ripping apart the CFA to care about creating real job opportunities for Victorians.”

Ms Staley said the region's problems could be fixed by a State Government that was willing to work with the community and invest locally.

“The Liberals under Matthew Guy have a plan to grow regional Victoria; we will actively seek to attract more investment and secure new job opportunities”. Ms Staley said.