The Central Goldfields Shire’s new federal representative, Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, officially toured the region this week, meeting residents to hear about local issues.
A lack of jobs was highlighted as a concern when Mr Broad held open offices in Dunolly, Maryborough and Avoca to meet residents as part of his tour across the Mallee electorate, which grew to include the Central Goldfields and northern part of the Pyrenees Shire in the Australian Electoral Commission’s changes to electoral seats.
Mr Broad said he is “enjoying” getting to know the region and that he feels the region has been “kicked around” in the past.
“The Central Goldfields was a part of Bendigo, then Wannon and now Mallee. It’ll be good to have some long-term stability,” he said.
Mr Broad said residents spoke about a range of issues, however the majority raised concerns surrounding job opportunities.
“There is a lot of potential in the Central Goldfields because of its central location to Bendigo and Ballarat and its affordability in terms of house prices,” he said.
For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Friday, August 10.