08 Mar 2013Premier Denis Napthine’s role as Minister for Regional Cities gives him a strong background in the issues affecting Ballarat and region. He is well briefed on key projects that focus on jobs creation, such as the Ballarat West Employment Zone. The Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Minister for Regional and Rural Development, also has a strong understanding of the key issues relevant to our region. Committee meets regularly with both sides of politics, irrespective of who is in Government. On behalf of our members we will continue to advocate and lobby hard to deliver major infrastructure projects for our region.