Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters today announced that Federal Labor will fund a $1 million redevelopment of the Botanic Gardens under the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) Round Five.
“The Botanic Gardens is an important community asset, and this Federal Labor funding will support implementation of the award winning Master Plan for the rejuvenation of the gardens,” Ms Chesters said.
“Our community takes pride in our shared spaces, like the Botanic Gardens and Rosalind Park, and this redevelopment will greatly enhance the experience of visitors – whether they are occasional visitors or regular users.”
Ms Chesters was joined for the announcement by the Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, Councillor Lisa Ruffell and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens group.
“A range of advocates worked hard to see this project funded and I’m proud that Federal Labor’s RDAF can help make the Master Plan redevelopment a reality,” Ms Chesters said.
Under RDAF Round Five, grants were allocated to local councils giving them the opportunity to submit priority local projects on behalf of the community, and the City of Greater Bendigo identified the Botanic Gardens.
“Federal Labor’s RDAF is an important program because it funds priority community infrastructure projects, and the Bendigo electorate has been a big beneficiary of RDAF with funding for projects such as the multimillion dollar Sandhurst Theatre Complex, which is currently underway.”
“As the Labor candidate for Bendigo I will work hard to ensure that the RDAF continues, and that we continue to see priority projects in the Bendigo electorate funded under the program.”
“My First Term Agenda outlines key projects that I will fight to get funded under RDAF, including upgrading the Bendigo Bank Tennis Centre and the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre.”