Chesters returns to Canberra to fight for Bendigo electorate

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is preparing to return to Canberra next week for the opening of the 46th Parliament, determined to fight for funding for the Bendigo electorate.

“Labor committed almost $30million for community infrastructure projects in the Bendigo electorate during the election campaign, but the Liberals committed zero.” Chesters said.

“I have called on Scott Morrison to adopt my plan for Bendigo, since his party did not have one.

Chesters’ priorities for Bendigo include funding for the Bendigo Airport Terminal Expansion, Bendigo Showgrounds Redevelopment, local footpaths and more.

“Bendigo deserves its fair share; when Parliament resumes on July 2 that is the message I will be sending. 

“The Liberal Government has committed to funding a number of projects in neighbouring electorates, it’s unfair if Bendigo misses out.

Members of Parliament will be officially sworn in on Tuesday, July 2, at Parliament House in Canberra. 

The proceedings of the day include a Welcome to Country ceremony, the Usher of the Black Rod, Members to make and subscribe an oath or affirmation of allegiance, and declaration of the Parliament.

“I will continue to be strong voice for our region on issues such as key community infrastructure projects, jobs, health and education and I look forward to continuing this advocacy into the future,” Chesters said.

Labor’s local community infrastructure commitments included:

  • $5million for Castlemaine District Community Health (Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub)
  • $5million Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail
  • $4.4million for Bendigo Airport Terminal Expansion
  • $2million La Trobe Rural Road Trauma Research Hub
  • $935,000 Bendigo Showgrounds Redevelopment
  • $425,000 for change room upgrades at Ken Wust Oval
  • $125,000 for lights at Canterbury Park
  • $10million for the long-awaited Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct at New Gisborne
  • $400,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo to top up funds to construct footpaths in Maiden Gully, Epsom and Strathfieldsaye
  • $200,000 to the Macedon Ranges Shire to top up funds to construct footpaths in Kyneton
  • $50,000 for multi-use outdoor space at Huntly Primary School
  • $25,000 for JB Osborne Theatre upgrades at Crusoe College
  • $210,000 over four years for emergency relief services at Cobaw Community Health
  • $250,000 to Mount Alexander Shire for female change rooms at Harcourt Rec Reserve