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Many people within the Baw Baw Shire and greater Gippsland, are forced to leave the region to pursue working opportunities, reducing the level of skilled workers and the economy of the shire.
Through the decentralisation of a Government department or the attraction of a corporate regional base, many skilled individuals and families would be retained and attracted to the shire.
Baw Baw Shire’s economy and population is one of the fastest growing in regional Victoria. The two largest towns in the shire, Warragul and Drouin have increased in size by over 20% from census to census. There is a captive and skilled workforce ready to be utilised. The twin towns of Warragul and Drouin are the regional centre of Baw Baw and the greater West Gippsland area. Both towns have commercial land perfectly suited for new office developments at significantly lower prices that those in metropolitan Melbourne.
The ease of access to greater Melbourne is something that is seen to be attractive to a commercial operation looking to relocate, or set up a regional base. Direct rail and road links connect Baw Baw to the CBD of Melbourne in just over an hour, with the eastern suburbs being even closer.
Several hundred jobs would be created through the decentralisation of a Government department. Once established, this would deliver significant operational savings to the Victorian or Federal Governments through reduced office overheads. Additionally, a department would be well placed to service the Latrobe Valley and leverage the significant investments made in this area.
A commitment from a Government department to relocate to the Baw Baw Shire.
Assistance to identify corporate operations willing to establish a regional base.