The Victorian State Government will develop a business case to establish a Cross Border Commissioner’s Office for Victoria, to help border communities better share information and services and drive economic growth.
Originally proposed by the Mallee Regional Partnership, the aim is to further the interests of businesses, organisations and individuals who live, work and operate in Victoria’s border communities.
The Labor Government is now assessing the feasibility, costs and benefits associated with the establishment of a Cross Border Commissioner’s Office.
If given the green light, the new office will help all areas of Victoria that border New South Wales and South Australia.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said: “Our border communities are wonderful places to live, work and raise a family – but navigating different regulations across different states has its challenges.
“We’ve listened to the concerns of our border towns such as Swan Hill, and this work will ensure these communities are getting the services and support they need, now and into the future.
“Through our Regional Partnerships, we’re speaking directly to communities in the Mallee and across Victoria,” she said.
The Commissioner will be charged with promoting the interests of Victorian border communities, resolving issues and developing common approaches with neighbouring states.
New South Wales has had a Cross Border Commissioner since 2012 and Victoria will consult with the New South Wales Commissioner as part of the business case and feasibility assessment.