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From the Chief Executive - 13 October 2017

Submitted on Friday, 13th October 2017

Spring is now well underway, and along with it the full calendar of Melbourne’s impressive events also heats up considerably.

Our visitor economy gets a welcome boost this time each year, ahead of the approaching peak season for tourism.

But the future is more uncertain for Victorian businesses when energy prices keep rising and businesses have no idea how they can plan for increases they have no control over.

This is why the Victorian Chamber has consistently called for a regulatory regime to manage the risks of individual gas supply projects on a case by case basis to be installed instead of the moratorium.

Proven and reliable technologies are available, which do not involve fracking, and should be investigated. When businesses face such steep increases in energy prices, it does not just impact them but all Victorians.

Our advocacy has called for political parties to listen and stop preventing exploration of Victoria’s gas reserves, restricting Victoria’s ability to make significant progress.

With this week’s announcement of a policy from the Liberal Nationals supporting onshore conventional gas exploration, we are encouraged our message has been heard by some. We now call on other political parties to review their policy and do what is best for Victorians.

Those of you who joined us for the Victorian Chamber Pitcher Partners Grand Final Lunch were treated to yet another excellent event with a highly entertaining panel of AFL stars Jarryd Roughead, Chris Judd and Mick Malthouse. This event also featured Moana Hope from AFLW Collingwood for a discussion about the inaugural 2017 AFLW season.

If you missed out on this event, you can keep updated on all future events and workshops by visiting our events page here.

Mark Stone AM

 

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