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Lobbying in the lead up to Federal Election

Lobbying in the lead up to Federal Election

Friday 1 March 2019

The lead up to the Federal Election in May presents the ideal opportunity to ramp up advocacy efforts on behalf of the Bass Coast community.

Bass Coast Shire Council has a list of priorities it is advocating for, with both State and Federal Governments.

Council is currently advocating to The Federal Government for funding towards the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre, climate change and adaption, connectivity and telecommunications, Phillip Island Recreation and Aquatics Precinct, homelessness and emergency housing, pathways, tertiary education investment, and Wonthaggi as a regional centre (including aquatics).

In addition to these, two State Government related priorities are Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan and South West Gippsland Transport study.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said it was important to note that all 10 advocacy items share the same level of priority.

"There is not one thing more important than the other. We will be doing our best to secure commitments for all of the items on our current priority list,' Cr Tessari said.

Council developed its first ever Advocacy Strategy in 2017 and adopted its first priority list in September 2017.

Council is now on to its third edition of its priority document, thanks to the delivery of key advocacy projects totalling over $160 million of investment, including the Wonthaggi Secondary College, Phillip Island and Back Beach Road round about, community highball facility, 24 hour medical care in Cowes and Wonthaggi Hospital.

"We repeatedly hear that the community wants Council to focus on advocating on issues and projects which require support from higher levels of government," Cr Tessari said.

"We understand that the community expects Council to represent them and advocate on their behalf to other levels of government, and drive home the needs of Bass Coast in the major areas of roads, health, education, and a range of other state or federal government controlled areas."

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