THE CITY of Greater Bendigo continues to push for funding for two major projects.
The council is seeking $5 million for Bendigo Airport upgrades and $10 million for the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre from local major party candidates.
Bendigo ALP and Liberal Party candidates Lisa Chesters and Greg Bickley have said they support the projects, but have not committed to funding them.
Bendigo Nationals candidate Sarah Sheedy said she was in negotiations with party members over the airport and hoped to have more information over the weekend.
City of Greater Bendigo city futures director Stan Liacos said he was optimistic an announcement would be made before the election.
“We have been very heartened by the level of support that we’ve received regarding our plans for an indoor pool in Bendigo and the development of Bendigo Airport,” he said.
“What’s really important for us now is to get further degrees of support from any prospective federal government.
“We are ready to deliver on those projects.
“They are designed, they are costed and they can move quickly.”
Councillor James Williams delivered business plans for the airport to several candidates yesterday.
“It’s a critical upgrade,” he said.
“We’re gathering letters of support around the airport to make sure the case is very strong.”
Ms Chesters reaffirmed measured support for the project before receiving the business plan yesterday.
“I’ve got to read it,” she said.
“People shouldn’t believe that September 7 is the D-Day for all these projects.
“The upgrade of the airport and the development of the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre are both key infrastructure projects that I’ll be working on if elected on September 7.”
Mr Bickley also hasn’t committed to funding either projects but said he supported them.
“The Bendigo Airport upgrade and the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre are two projects that I am fighting very hard to see come to fruition,” he said.
Ms Sheedy said she had had discussions over the airport with senior Nationals members.
Greens candidate Lachlan Slade said his party did not have a position on the airport but that he supported pool funding.
“We’re happy to sit down with City of Greater Bendigo and the state government and work out where the money can come from, and we’ll work to make up the difference,” he said.