Friday, February 23, 2024

Shoalhaven’s $82 million election advocacy win

Funding advocacy efforts by Shoalhaven City Council prior to this year’s Federal Election well and truly paid off for the south eastern NSW council, with more than $82 million in funding secured for a range of infrastructure projects.

Council says it produced a comprehensive document to advocate for project funding from the Federal Government in the lead up to election day.

As a result, $82.3 million was secured for projects, including the Nowra Bypass – $32 million; local roads improvement package – $40 million; Sanctuary Point Library – $7.5 million; and Danjera Dam camping and recreation area – $2.8 million.

Council CEO, Stephen Dunshea says his team worked hard to pull the local government area’s key priorities for funding together into the Advocacy Projects document.

“This document will continue to evolve as projects get funded or new projects become a
priority. It is a fantastic resource to share with our local representatives and business
community, so we are all singing from the same book,” he said.

“We’ve had great feedback from our business community who reply greatly on the improvement of our local roads, infrastructure and other projects as much as our constituents do.

“We will continue to pitch these unfunded projects with our Advocacy document until we get as many across the line as possible.”

Mr Dunshea said that as one of the nation’s most marginal seats, Shoalhaven was in a good position to get its key priorities in front of their Federal Candidates, and were now looking forward to the delivery of the promises.

Download or read the Advocacy Projects document created by the City Futures team in
the Tourism, Growth, Advocacy and Economic Development Unit here.

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