Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for investment in a number of key local infrastructure projects, including the Bendigo Airport Expansion and Bendigo Showgrounds Redevelopment, in next week’s Federal Budget.
“Now is the time to get behind big projects in Bendigo that will support our growth and the economy as we recover from the covid-19 pandemic,” Chesters said.
“The introduction of QantasLink flights between Bendigo and Sydney have seen strong demand and there’s opportunity for more flights and bigger plans to operate out of Bendigo if the terminal building and precinct is expanded.
“I have met with the City of Greater Bendigo who are seeking $4.5 million for this important project, they have my full support.”
Ms Chesters is also calling for funding for the redevelopment of the Bendigo Showgrounds.
“Prince of Wales is one of regional Victoria’s largest showgrounds, each year playing host to 605,000 people and some of Victoria’s major events including the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo Agricultural Show, Groovin’ the Moo, and the Bendigo National Swap Meet.
“The Showgrounds no longer fully meet the needs of all user groups, upgrades would enable the venue to host more events and benefit the tourism, agriculture and construction industries in our region,” Chesters said.
“Another key ask from the Treasurer is funding for sporting infrastructure maintenance.
“Many clubs have been waiting years to be a priority for basic maintenance, while others requiring significant rebuild are waiting decades as there is simply not enough funding at local and state government levels.
“With covid-19 restrictions forcing many leagues to cancel or shorten their seasons, now is an ideal time for building repairs and upgrades,” Chesters said.
Another priority for the Bendigo electorate is community housing.
“The pandemic impact on the construction industry may not be fully realised for some time yet,” Chesters said.
“To ensure there is continued stability and growth in the sector, the federal government should be investing in the construction of more social housing and the repair and maintenance of existing social housing.
“Building more social housing keeps more construction workers employed and will help put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it.”
It’s time the Morrison Government stepped up and gave Bendigo its fair share.