Would politicians listen more if parliament sat in Warrnambool?

Warrnambool could host either the upper or lower house of the Victorian Parliament for a week under a Liberal National proposal.
Warrnambool could host either the upper or lower house of the Victorian Parliament for a week under a Liberal National proposal.

Warrnambool could become the centre of power in the state for a whole week under a Liberal National proposal to bring the Victorian Parliament to the regions.

The strategy to bring regional issues to the fore, announced today by Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh, would see two regional sittings of both the upper and lower houses.

Warrnambool, Mildura, Shepparton and the Latrobe Valley are among locations picked out for the proposal.

“You can’t fix country Victoria’s problems from behind a desk in Spring Street,” Mr Guy said.

“Regional sittings offer country communities a unique opportunity to be the focus of parliament and are an important opportunity for city-based parliamentarians to learn more about regional communities.”

The last time regional communities hosted parliament was in 2012.