It is clear following today’s announcement the Andrews Government has abandoned the Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA).
In 2020 the Andrews Government budgeted $26.9 million for the LVA over two years – $13.8 million to be spent on staff and just $13.1 million available for job creating programs.
Today’s announcement of $7.5 million today represents another massive cut to the LVA’s funding, essentially only paying for staff salaries, it does not deliver long term jobs in the Latrobe Valley.
The Andrews Government has handed the LVA an incredibly thin lifeline that’s aimed at keeping the office lights on until after the State election in November.
This pithy funding announcement signals that the Andrews Government has moved on from the Valley and its pretence of investment in new industries to assist in transitioning workers into future careers.