BENDIGO Labor candidate Lisa Chesters and Liberal candidate Greg Bickley are yet to commit to funding the Kangaroo Flat pool, the airport or the Ravenswood Interchange.
Both have said they support the projects but the City of Greater Bendigo is waiting for a financial pledge.
Ms Chesters said she was awaiting a business plan for the airport and a Regional Development Australia Fund application for the aquatic centre.
“In my first term I’ll be lobbying hard to see these projects funded and look forward to working with local government to achieve this goal,” she said.
“At the time the election was called, the City of Greater Bendigo had not supported though the RDAF process a request for funding.
“If elected and if Labor is elected, we are committed to the ongoing funding of RDAF.
“And if elected I’ll be working hard and encouraging the council to apply for funding for the aquatic centre through that process.”
Ms Chesters said all funding needed to “find the right place” in the budget. “Walking around with a blank chequebook and promising money but not highlighting where in the budget it will come from is not responsible and not good governance,” she said.
Mr Bickley said he had already committed money to other projects in the electorate.
“I’m fighting very hard to support the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre and working closely with council and other stakeholders to ensure we deliver the infrastructure needed for the Bendigo electorate into the future,” he said.
“We have committed $500,000 to the Kyneton Community Park Project, we have committed $300,000 to the Mount Alexander Shire respite accommodation facility and we have committed $50,000 to the Woodend Youth Facility upgrade,” he said.
“These are not promises off in the never-never.
“This is money on the table for worthwhile infrastructure projects.
“Labor is very good at talking about what it may do into the future, but I am committed to delivering infrastructure for this region and am pleased to be able to put money on the table for these worthwhile projects already.”
City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann said funding for the Bendigo Botanic Gardens was also needed, with $1 million in government funds allocated this week.