Local residents living and working on the border to benefit from the recent appointment of Luke Wilson, Victoria’s first ever Cross Border Commissioner.
Local residents living and working on the border will benefit from the recent appointment of Luke Wilson, Victoria’s first ever Cross Border Commissioner.
Mr Wilson will be based in Wodonga, with the role predicted to be a game-changer for interstate efficiency. The purpose of the commissioner is to promote the interests of border communities, resolve regulatory and servicing issues, and assist in the development of common initiatives with neighbouring states.
Working closely with the Office of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner, the new arrangement will provide strength to the objective of identifying and resolving cross-border anomalies.
Local businesses will see improved processes in conducting business in either state, which will lead to increased economic benefits for both sides of the border. The initiative also has the potential to improve health and social outcomes locally.
“Over the coming months, I will be meeting with many individuals and organisations, and am really looking forward to hearing from you, and then getting things fixed. This is an exciting opportunity to address a real need,” Wilson said in a statement.
The position has been funded through the 2018/19 budget, with the Victorian Government committing $760,000 to fund the first two years.