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LOCAL PLANNING COMMITTEE: The $20 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package will be used to fund local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training.CLAIRE Wiseman has beenappointed chair of theLocal Planning Committee responsible foridentifying investment priorities for the $20 millionRegional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP).

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey announced theUpper Spencer Gulf RJIP Local Planning Committee on Thursday February 9.

Ms Wiseman will lead a committee consisting ofBrenton Bandenoch, Andrew Cole, Mark Hanlon, Daniel Rowlands, Aileen Shannon, Brenton Vanstone and Jack Velthuizen.

Ms Nash said the committee members will nominate the sectors of local industry the package will invest in.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in sustainable local jobs helps grow that kind of community,” she said.

The RJIP will provide funding grants forbusiness innovation, local infrastructure and skills and training.

The committee must first develop a Local Investment Plan, listing the growth sectors which it believes will create sustainable jobs. Mr Ramsey said the Coalitionaimsto produce more jobs and export opportunities.

“Once the Local Investment Plan is done, the applications from Upper Spencer Gulf region can roll in,” he said.

The Upper Spencer Gulf is one of the 10 Australian regions set to receive funding through the federal government’s $220 million regional injection.

“We’re so proud to give the Upper Spencer Gulf region a $20 million shot in the arm,” Mr Ramseysaid.

Visit theRegional Jobs and Investment Package website for more information.

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