Aquatic centre, airport, still await funding

SUPPORT: City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons

SUPPORT: City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons

THE CITY of Greater Bendigo’s top-priority projects did not receive funding in Tuesday’s Federal Budget.

But mayor Barry Lyons is confident the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre and Bendigo Airport will be supported.

Cr Lyons said he expected $5 million would be made available for each project shortly after a meeting in Canberra, which the council hopes to book in later this month.

“There wasn’t a lot of good ne ws for pretty much anybody,” he said.

“For us, we got funding for the Ravenswood Interchange and there are a few items around the district.

“We didn’t fare too badly out of it in this area.”

Cr Lyons did not rule out funding the pool or airport at a local level, but said it wasn’t on the agenda yet.  

“We’ll worry about that if we get a knockback (from the government),” he said.

“If we get knocked back, we’re pretty committed to both projects.

“The only thing being discussed at this stage is the trip to Canberra.”

 The airport development should be “shovel-ready” by the end of the financial year and planning works for the aquatic centre completed next financial year, Cr Lyons said.

The Kyneton Community Park, Bendigo RSL Museum, Woodend Youth Facility and Mount Alexander Shire Accommodation and Respite Group received support in the budget. 

Senator Michael Ronaldson said the projects would be positive, but Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said the budget would put more pressure on councils. 

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