Regional parliament will return to Victoria, with a sitting week to be in Shepparton, if the Coalition is elected in November.
In the first sitting week of Victorian Parliament for this year yesterday, Opposition leader Matthew Guy and deputy Peter Walsh jointly announced the return of the parliament to regional communities.
They committed to two regional sittings of each chamber being in the next term of government, if elected.
Shepparton would host parliamentarians from one chamber of parliament for one sitting week. Mildura, Warrnambool and the Latrobe Valley would also host a sitting week under the commitment.
Mr Guy said country Victoria’s problems could not be fixed from behind a desk in Spring St in Melbourne.
‘‘Regional sittings offer country communities a unique opportunity to be the focus of parliament and are an important opportunity for city-based parliamentarians to learn more about regional communities,’’ he said.
Mr Walsh said the government’s ‘‘city-centric focus’’ had denied communities in regional Victoria a chance to be part of Victoria’s democratic process.
‘‘The Liberal Nationals will put an end to the absolute contempt Labor has shown our country communities and make sure our regional communities can be part of the parliamentary process,’’ he said.
State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell described regional parliament as a unique opportunity for Shepparton communities to learn about Victoria’s democratic process.