Member for Western Victoria Region, Bev McArthur used a Member Statement in parliament today to welcome the launch of the Great South Coast Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

Mrs McArthur attended the launch last Tuesday alongside The Honourable Dan Tehan MP, Member for Wannon and Tony Herbert, the Mayor of the Warrnambool City Council. She said she had previously attended the meeting which initiated the need for DAMA, in her role as a Corangamite Shire Councillor.

Bev McArthur said “providing access to reliable employees is critical to ensuring the future of Western Victorian farm and business.”

Bev McArthur said “DAMA is a five year agreement which will enable the Great South Coast region to address the worker shortage which exists across many of its industries which is stunting its economy, by allowing them to fill these vacancies with overseas workers.”

Bev McArthur said “DAMA will initially provide 100 overseas workers, providing effective relief for local employers in filling key roles in the dairy, hospitality, healthcare, meat processing and the value-adding agribusiness industries.”

“I have often said that Western Victoria Region does not have a jobs crisis, but rather a worker crisis, and DAMA is a great step in the right direction in resolving this,” she concluded.

19 June 2019