Mallee Region to Benefit from Wide-Ranging Funding
The Federal Government has yesterday evening announced a wide range of funding for the Mallee region, with a $16.8 million dollar contribution as part of the 'Our Region, Our Rivers' fund built together by seven local councils.
The cash injection was announced personally by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack yesterday, who toured the region after canceling a tour of Swan Hill last Thursday.
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Funding within the Swan Hill Rural City Council will see contributions to the CBD-Riverfront connection project, as well as a new art gallery and interpretive centre, which will include new outdoor areas and a Japanese-style garden.
Significant funding will also be funneled into Robinvale, with a Bromley Road beautification project and riverfront activation on the cards.
In a statement released by the Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Ann Young said it was the beginning of more great progress in the region.
“It marks the start of job creation, of fresh economic growth and of even better livability," Cr Young said.
The Gannawarra Shire will have two waterfront developments boosted at Kangaroo Lake and Gunbower Creek, along with works to the Koondrook CBD.
Mayor Lorraine Learmonth says the funding, worth more than $669,000, will add more to the Gannawarra shire.
"Once completed, these projects will improve the health and wellbeing of locals, provide new business opportunities and drive jobs growth," Cr Learmonth said.
The Murray River and Balranald Councils have also received funding in the announcement, with Tooleybuc and the Balranald streetscape to gain funds for development.
Independent Candidate for the seat of Mallee Cecilia Moar, in response to the announcements, stated the Government is acknowledging their declining position in the electorate.
"The Federal Coalition Government is afraid that the safest seat in the country is now up for grabs," Ms Moar said.
“Tax-payers money belongs to the people of the electorate, not to the National Party. The process of grant funding has become politicised and no longer serves the people of the Mallee electorate.”