I arrived in Cann River in East Gippsland on the day the last of 8 timber mills closed and the town was in palpable mourning.
I had handled a similar situation (South Coast old growth) when Policy Manager in NSW State Development - ironically using a Cann River policy (forgotten) precedent. Could you believe that?
The East Gippsland Shire staff liked my thinking as shown in this report, but their CEO was aggressively opposed, and even accepted I had copyrighted the best ideas and he would leave things be.
I approached the local Fed MP Darren Chester who was equally useless.
Same for the Premier Dan Andrews and two of his ministers.
Stimulus must work as I did in Newcastle on the announcement of the closure of steelmaking - fast and professional. Not it seems in Victoria.