Chesters lobbies for federal funding

Lisa Chesters MP will use the last week of Parliament before Budget week to lobby for funding for the Bendigo electorate.

Ms Chesters will be speaking to relevant Ministers about what she sees as priorities for the electorate.

She said her first priority would be to ensure funding already committed in previous budgets was secured.

“The $45 million for the Ravenswood intersection upgrade has major safety implications for central Victoria.

“The government need to sign off on it before another accident occurs.

“I will also be advocating for the Department of Defence to finalise contracts with Thales Australia for the production of the Hawkei vehicle at Thales’ Bendigo plant.

“Labor put it in the forward estimates in the Budget, so I will be looking to see it locked in.”

Ms Chesters said Better Schools funding was also top of the agenda.

“There is growing concern within the community that schools’ funding will be cut,” she said.

“This is despite the government declaring it would honour the Better Schools plan before it was elected.

“I will be advocating strongly to ensure that our local schools receive increased funding to implement the much-needed Better Schools reforms.”

Ms Chesters said she would also call on the government to funding for vital programs such as Youth Connections.

“It’s a large budget and I want to ensure Bendigo gets its fair share,” she said.

“As it’s the last week of sitting before Budget, this is an opportunity for me to personally raise with the government the importance of projects around the area.”