Communities across Wannon are missing out on accessing support from $4 billion in regional funding as the Albanese Government is failing to deliver promised community programs.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said economic development opportunities are going begging in our regional communities as councils are left to watch project costs blowout while Labor dithers and delays.
“Community, rural and regional programs have entered a funding black hole since Labor was elected.
“The Albanese Government seems to be stalling rolling out regional grants programs which were locked and loaded before they came into Government.
“Local Governments across Wannon need to be able to plan and set their budgets, and capital works programs and need certainty as to when funding programs will be available.
“It is past time the Albanese Government got its act together and released funding guidelines and timelines, enabling our communities to start planning to deliver outcomes for the local communities who are in need, said Mr Tehan.
“Our community deserves their fair share,” projects such as the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, South Colac Sports Club, Southern Grampians Volcanic Trail Masterplan, and Portland Muti-Purpose Recreational Facility need to be able to apply for funding with approved program guidelines being released,” Mr Tehan said.
“The Coalition understands the importance of supporting regions and community organisations, which is why we invested so heavily in infrastructure, facilities and programs to enrich community spirit and drive opportunities,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Our community cannot afford to wait indefinitely while Labor works out how it wants to deliver local election promises and other initiatives intended to support our regions and suburbs,” said Mr Tehan.