RDAF Chesters' first priority

FEDERAL member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, says she will fight to ensure any funding allocated under the Regional Development Australia Fund is honoured by the new Coalition Government.

Ms Chesters said her first priority heading into the first sitting of the newly-formed Parliament next week was to confirm any projects funded under the RDAF will go ahead.

This includes:

• $1 million redevelopment of the Botanic Gardens, which was announced by the former Labor Government in August
• $2 million upgrade of infrastructure at Hanging Rock
• $500,000 to develop the Elmore Events Centre
• $5 million redevelopment of the Bendigo Bank Tennis Centre

“Next week is the first sitting week of the new parliament and I will use my first week to secure the funding for current projects under the RDAF,” she said.

“These projects are too important for the community to lose them.

“Federal Labor instigated the RDAF to fund priority community infrastructure projects.

“The Bendigo electorate has been a big beneficiary of the RDAF, receiving funding for projects such as the multimillion dollar Sandhurst Theatre Complex, which is currently underway.

“These types of projects mean a lot to our community.”

Ms Chesters said after ensuring RDAF funding, she would turn her attention to ensuring the new Coalition Government honours its election promises, including a $45 million upgrade of the Ravenswood intersection

“Along with the RDAF projects, we are talking about $60 million of projects for this region,” she said.

“As your local Federal Member of Parliament, it is my role to stand up for our community and make sure the new Coalition Government delivers on its election promises.

“I will continue to advocate for my local community to ensure the Government delivers on its promises and to fight for our fair share of Federal Government funding.”