Government short-changes central Victoria

Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, welcomes news that the Coalition Government will provide funding for four key projects in central Victoria.

The Liberal Party yesterday said they would commit to their pre-election promises which include:
• $180,000 for the refurbishment of the Bendigo RSL Museum
• $300,000 for the Mount Alexander Shire Accommodation and Respite Group
• $50,000 for the refurbishment of the Woodend Youth Facility
• $500,000 for the construction of the Kyneton Community Park

Ms Chesters said she was relieved to hear the Government had committed to the projects after weeks of uncertainty.

“I welcome this funding announcement but I won’t be satisfied until the contract has been signed,” Ms Chesters said.

“These are important projects for our region and they mean a lot to our community.

“We have already seen this Government change their mind on several projects in their first few months.

“I won’t stop advocating until the money is in the bank.”

Ms Chesters said it was still disappointing the Coalition Government had decided not to fund round five of the Regional Development Australia Fund.

“While this is good news, overall central Victoria has been short-changed. We are still $4 million in funding short of what was promised.

“There is no funding for projects like the Botanic Gardens and the Bendigo Bank Tennis Centre - projects that deserve to be funded.

“I will continue to fight for our fair share.”