Federal decentralisation inquiry in Wodonga to hear appeals for more jobs

MAKING HIS CASE: Voices for Indi's Denis Ginnivan will address the hearing.

MAKING HIS CASE: Voices for Indi's Denis Ginnivan will address the hearing.

Councils and businesses will make their pitches on Thursday, arguing why the Border should be home to federal government departments.

Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta councils will all feature as witnesses at the regional development and decentralisation inquiry hearing in Wodonga.

Brown Brothers, Northeast Health Wangaratta and political engagement group Voices for Indi will also appear.

Voices for Indi did not pitch for a specific department, but its submission said the region’s future depended on investments in education, health, communications, infrastructure and transport.

“People in Indi value strong, connected communities that are forward thinking, sustainable and self-reliant,” president Denis Ginnivan said.

Indi MP Cathy McGowan, a member of the inquiry committee, said she was proud for the electorate’s opportunity to showcase its effective delivery of jobs and healthy communities.