Local, Independant and Effective
September 26, 2018

Welcoming Victoria's Cross Border Commissioner

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed the announcement of Luke Wilson as the Victorian Cross Border Commissioner, based in Wodonga.

Ms McGowan said her work to address cross border anomalies, in partnership with Federal, State and local governments would reduce the amount of red-tape experienced by industry and individuals along the Victorian-NSW border.

“I call upon Mr Wilson and the Victorian Government to deliver on a commitment made at the cross border roundtable in Wodonga in June for a trial focused on anomalies in the taxi, hospitality and transport industries,” Ms McGowan said.

“Work must also be done to address compliance problems faced by young people who have P-plate licences from either Victoria or NSW.”

Ms McGowan invited former Federal Minister for Small and Family Business Craig Laundy to Indi earlier this year. The Victorian and NSW governments convened the cross border round table in Wodonga on June 12 which was attended by local council representatives as well as Border business leaders.

Mr Laundy committed to a three-month time frame for action on cross border anomalies. Ms McGowan has since written to new Minister, Michaelia Cash, for an update on progress of this agreement.

“We know that businesses on the border experience red tape and inconsistent regulations that impact on their prosperity. Individuals, particularly young people, have issues with inconsistent vehicle licensing issues as well as trade qualification and responsible service of alcohol discrepancies.” Ms McGowan said.

“I am pleased the commissioner will be based at Wodonga. I look forward to working with Mr Wilson as well as local councils and state and federal government representatives to find solutions to cross border anomalies.”

Mr Wilson’s appointment was announced today and he is to begin the full time role in October.

Ms McGowan’s speech in Parliament about cross-border anomalies can be viewed at http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/cathy_seeks_results_on_cross_border_discussions

Cross border issues can continue to be raised with Ms McGowan by writing to cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au.

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