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Mayor Cr Justin King and CEO Tony McIlroy put the Benalla Airport Redevelopment and the Business Growth (Enterprise Park) Project on the federal government’s radar last week during one-on-one discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss.

The high-level advocacy talks will stand the Council in good stead in its applications to the Australian Government’s new National Stronger Regions Fund, Cr King said.

“Our meeting with Mr Truss and separate meetings with the Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie and with federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan enabled us to impress upon them first hand the long-term commercial benefits of these important infrastructure projects,” Cr King said.

The talks took place following the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in Canberra, which was attended by over 800 delegates from across Australia.

“All councils are experiencing a challenging economic environment and are facing a constant battle around financial security and infrastructure renewal and replacement is unfunded, particularly in rural areas,” Cr King said.

“The Australian Local Government Association will be making submissions to the Australian Government’s review of federation and taxation to obtain a fairer share of taxation revenue for infrastructure needs.

“Benalla Rural City Council has a proven track record in effectively lobbying at all levels of government, and we are confident that meetings like this will continue to deliver significant funding for our community’s infrastructure needs.”

The Benalla Airport Redevelopment and the Business Growth (Enterprise Park) Project are on the list of projects to be brought to “shovel ready” status, whereby subject to funding the incoming Council in 2016 will in a position to consider the priority of the projects.
 
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