NATIONALS candidate for Ripon, Scott Turner has invited the Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan to Stawell this Thursday for the region's first Putting Locals First Forum.
Mr Turner said the Putting Locals First Forum would be held at the Stawell Entertainment Centre in Main Street from 11.15am to 12.30pm.
"The Putting Locals First Forum provides an opportunity for the Stawell community to have its say on what it wants from the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government," he said.
"With less than 140 days to the Victorian Election we want to hear from the community about the infrastructure and services they would like to see delivered from a Coalition Government.
"This may involve funding for upgrades to locals schools, road improvements, new fire stations, health care services and agricultural infrastructure.
"It might include funding support for community projects such as hall upgrades, sporting facilities or local parks and gardens through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund."
Mr Turner said the Northern Grampians Shire was a strong beneficiary of the Regional Growth Fund, which had invested more than $3.5 million to support 34 projects, leveraging almost $6 million of total investment.
"There is another $500 million available for local projects over the next term of government and we want to hear from the Stawell community about what it wants from its government," he said.
Mr Turner said the Deputy Premier would also attend a number of events while in Stawell, including the official opening of the Frewstal Abattoir expansion at 9.30am.
"The Coalition Government invested $150,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to support the $1.5 million expansion of Frewstal Abattoir, creating almost 100 new local jobs and boosting exports to Asia," Mr Turner said.
"This event provides a great opportunity to promote this successful local enterprise which is creating jobs and driving investment in the region."
Following this, Mr Turner said he and Mr Ryan would meet with representatives from the Northern Grampians Shire Council to discuss a number of key local funding priorities.
Mr Turner said they would then take the opportunity to meet with a number of local businesses.