Fiona Phillips

LABOR WILL INVEST IN LOCAL PROJECTS

A Shorten Labor Government will provide certainty for the people of Gilmore by delivering community and infrastructure projects recently announced as part of the Building Better Regions program.

Labor’s Regional Services spokesperson Stephen Jones said that if Labor was successful at the forthcoming Federal election, it would not delay important investment in local communities by revisiting investment decisions that have already been made.

Labor Candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips said this meant that local community and infrastructure projects in Gilmore would proceed, improving community amenity and providing much needed jobs and economic activity.

Labor has previously supported programs to fund community infrastructure projects in regional Australia through a number of programs including the Regional Development Australia fund and the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

With nearly $1 billion lost to local councils through the indexation freeze of Financial Assistance Grants from 2014-2017, Labor knows that regional councils are still playing catch up with a backlog of projects that were put on hold during these years. 

It’s important that we move quickly to deliver projects as quickly as possible, rather than starting the whole process from scratch.

Fiona Phillips is pleased to announce that a Shorten Labor government will fund a range of community infrastructure projects in Gilmore including:

  • Placemaking for Vincentia Village, the transformation of the Vincentia village pedestrian mall. ($1,700,000)
  • Observation Point Viewing Platform, a scenic lookout and carpark infrastructure for Batehaven. ($672,500)
  • The Boongaree Park - Nature Play - Childhood Adventure Zone. An all abilities, inclusive children’s playground Boongaree park, Berry. ($478,253)
  • Jervis Bay Active Transport Improvements - Myola. Creating new infrastructure to ensure easy access to the Myola-Huskisson ferry including a new carpark, public ammenities and more paths allowing increased accessibility. ($462,500)

Investment in community infrastructure will create jobs, support the lifestyles and living standards of regional Australians and enable regional cities and towns to attract and retain population.

It is important that regional communities have certainty in the lead-up to the Federal Election and know that these identified projects have secured funding and will proceed.

"I'm pleased to be able to provide assurances to our community that Labor is supportive of these projects which will help to build a better region", Fiona Phillips said 

"Every dollar I can secure for our region, is another dollar that boosts our local economy and supports local jobs"

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