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Region has a say in preparing the Roadmap

On Sunday, the Andrews Government will lay out a roadmap to re-open our state.

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison have been consulting with a wide range of industry, unions and community organisations all week to bring regional voices to the development of this roadmap.

The roadmap will provide greater certainty to communities, tourism operators and businesses alike that restrictions will be eased at a safe pace – based on localised health advice.

This will include a dedicated regional roadmap, recognising that a one size fits all approach is not going to work and that regional Victoria has been successful in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Commerce Ballarat, Ballan Chamber of Commerce, Ballarat Trades Hall, social services, mental health groups and local businesses have had their say in how they would like the regional roadmap to be.

Some of the issues raised included managing people from Melbourne who want to visit our region, supporting businesses to adapt and challenges facing workers, particularly those in casual jobs.

These messages will help inform Victoria’s roadmap to ‘COVID Normal’ as Michaela and Julianna have been speaking to the Premier and key members of the Victorian Government this week.

Regional Victoria has done a fantastic job in following the rules and slowing the spread of coronavirus – and as Victoria slowly opens up, we need to do everything to protect what we have achieved, while easing restrictions.

“It was great to give our community the opportunity to have input into the development of the regional roadmap. Their ideas were practical, insightful and have been provided to Government,” Ms Settle said.