Council goes to the top for funding

The  City of Greater Bendigo is hopeful a trip to Canberra will boost its chances to secure crucial federal funding needed to ensure two major projects go ahead. 

Mayor Barry Lyons and chief executive Craig Niemann will meet with government officials ahead of the Federal Budget to call for funding for the Bendigo Airport redevelopment and the Greater Bendigo Aquatic Centre.

The push follows Tuesday's announcement that $15 million of state government funding would be allocated for the aquatic centre.

The state government has also committed $5 million for the airport redevelopment. 

Federal government funding is required for the projects to go ahead. 

Cr Lyons said a meeting in Canberra had been in the pipeline last year, but was postponed. 

He said the meeting, organised for late next week, was organised to "outline the region's priorities to those who count". 

"The funding we are asking for is a small pittance compared to what they are allocating to other things," Cr Lyons said. 

"With the state government announcement in tow, we have something to go to Canberra with. I don't see why they wouldn't make the small contribution."

Cr Lyons said the council was also pushing for road and general infrastructure funding in the Federal Budget. 

"Hopefully we will be able to discuss all of this with some high-up people to get the best for Bendigo," he said. 

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