• Hannah Phillips

Acting Prime Minister Visits the Mallee

Victoria's Mallee had a welcome visitor today, with Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack touring several infrastructure projects around Mildura with Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and Member for Mildura Peter Crisp.

In his first day as Acting Prime Minister, the Member for Riverina said it was important to get out and about in country communities to meet with locals and hear their ideas and feedback.

“My most important job as Leader of The Nationals and as a Minister is to listen to people in country and coastal communities – both big and small – and hear their feedback and ideas to take back with me,” Mr McCormack said.

The group toured local Regional Growth Fund applicants around the region including Mildura Future Ready and irrigation at a local pumping station, discussing the Sunraysia Modernisation Project 2.

“The Government is investing in the infrastructure Mallee deserves to help build capacity, further grow confidence and investment and help connect the region to the world,” he said.

“Mildura and the Mallee is a vibrant region and it was tremendous to see the local passion to help unlock its opportunity for small businesses, farmers and locals into the future.”

Local MP Andrew Broad said the Mallee was the perfect place to start the Acting Prime Minister’s regional tour.

“It’s fantastic to have the Minister McCormack back in our region," he said.

"We’ve had him previously as the Minister for Small Business and again today in his capacity as our National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, I am pleased to welcome him back to the Mallee.

“The people of our patch are fair-minded, decent people contributing a great deal to the Australian economy, so to have a leader in our country recognise and witness our contribution is great to see.

“Today we’ve been meeting with local small business owners and there is a lot happening in our patch thanks to hard working regional Australians.

“It’s fantastic to be able to show the Acting Prime Minister first hand the direction we are heading and discuss how we can develop a stronger and more vibrant region for the years to come," he said.