Friday, July 8, 2022

Bass Coast Mayor to lobby Labor Govt for local funding

Bass Coast Shire Council has announced it will head to Canberra next month to lobby the new Federal Government for fairer funding for priority projects in climate change, infrastructure, education, aged care and tourism.

Council will be seeking urgent funding to mitigate the damage, protect residents and assets and plan for the future, it said in a statement today.

Mayor, Michael Whelan said the region’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project requires an initial injection of $10 million.

“Bass Coast continues to grow faster than almost every other region in the nation. There is urgent need for extra federal funding assistance to ensure we maintain the liveability established and new residents seek, such as sealing urban roads and roundabouts at three key intersections in Wonthaggi to facilitate development,” he said.

He said Council will also work hard to convince the new Government of the need for new pools in the regions to cater for the growing population.

“Enhanced digital connectivity to help local business growth and innovation will also be requested.”

He said residential aged care required more than 300 extra beds to cater for the region’s ageing population, as well as ongoing funding for Regional Universities.

“Tourism is vital to the region’s future and Council will be seeking funding assistance for key projects such as Dinosaurs Tracks and Trails to drive job-producing visitor numbers.”

“The election of Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party is a great opportunity for the Federal Government to take a fresh look at our growing region.”

“As a leader in environment sustainability, fighting climate change and gender equality we have a lot in common with the new government,” said Mayor Whelan.

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