NGSC Mayor Cr Kevin Erwin meets with Deputy Prime Minister

Published on 19 March 2019

NGSC Mayor Cr Kevin Erwin meets with Deputy Prime Minister

Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council, Cr Kevin Erwin, has called on the Morrison Government to deliver funding in the upcoming Federal Budget to support a number of local infrastructure projects, after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack yesterday.

The projects discussed at the government roundtable in Warrnambool are vital in growing opportunities for the region, and included community sporting facilities and local roads projects.

“After meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister we expressed our disappointment that we missed out on funding for projects at Lord Nelson Park and North Park.”

“These projects are vital and much needed for the Northern Grampians community to enjoy long into the future, especially when you consider the growth of female participation in sport and the need to build or upgrade female change room facilities.”

Council has worked closely with local communities and sporting clubs to develop strong project plans for both facility upgrades, which would see significant increases in sports participation, particularly among families, women, children and the elderly.

The funding streams that council applied for were the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program.

“We recognise that there was an overwhelming number of applications for those funding streams, but we’re still disappointed that our projects have been overlooked,” said Cr Erwin.

“We’ll now look towards the Federal Budget in the hope that there is some funding available for these projects.”

Another project discussed was the development of the Heath Street Bridge in Halls Gap, which is an integral piece of the overall development of the town into an internationally recognised walking village.

Construction of the bridge will address the current issue of arterial traffic passing through Halls Gap’s village centre, instead directing traffic over a 60m bridge that would cross Stoney Creek.

With the Grampians region having the highest growth in domestic overnight expenditure and domestic length of stay in the year ending September 2018, and Halls Gap being a major part of that, upgrading the efficiency of road usage within the village centre is critical.