Labor $2m election pledge to GROW

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A federal Labor government would deliver $2 million to the G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) project to build on its work tackling disadvantage and joblessness in Geelong and across the G21 region.

GROW is a unique regional initiative in the G21 region that works with business, government, community organisations and individuals to address disadvantage in areas of high unemployment, including Colac, Norlane, Corio and Whittington.

GROW is an initative of G21 and the Give Where You Live Foundation, with widespread community and business support and involvement.

This $2 million Labor commitment would assist GROW to continue its work and support the rollout of a 10-year plan.

This funding would let GROW build on their results from the last two years, which has seen GROW signatories contribute $44.09 million into the region and created 154 new jobs and pathways for target disadvantaged communities within the region. 

Federal Member for Corio Richard Marles made the announcment at the GROW third-year Report Card event at Norlane today (2 May 2019).

Mr Marles said that one of the consistent features of disadvantage in the G21 region was joblessness.

“Unemployment is shockingly high in some parts of Geelong and we need to be supporting job creation for our most disadvantaged. This is a $2 million investment not only in GROW but an investment for our region’s future,” Mr Marles said.

“GROW has set itself ambitious targets to create job opportunities specifically benefiting the most disadvantaged in our community. They have created real pathways that directly link disadvantaged jobseekers to quality jobs and targeted job growth directly in the region that are most disadvantaged. Labor is committed to investing in the people with the greatest need.”

For details about GROW: grow.g21.com.au

Source: A Labor media statement