City to talk infrastructure needs in Canberra

A DELEGATION from the City of Greater Bendigo will head to Canberra next week to put a case for the city's infrastructure projects.

Mayor Barry Lyons, chief executive Craig Niemann and city futures director Stan 

Liacos will be in Canberra on Monday and Tuesday to garner funding support for much-needed 

infrastructure projects.

Cr Lyons said he was looking forward to meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs.

“We aspire to be the most liveable regional city in Australia, but we will only achieve this vision with funding support from other levels of government,” he said.

“Prime Minister Tony Abbott is very keen on building infrastructure and we have a number of big, regionally-significant projects ready to go if we can secure funding from his government.

“The Bendigo Airport redevelopment and Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre have already received funding commitments from council and the Victorian government.

“What is needed now is for the federal government to join the partnership so together we can deliver these important projects that will result in job creation and help to further grow our economy.''

Specific projects to be discussed include:

• Bendigo Airport Redevelopment – Stage Two (runway and associated infrastructure)

• Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre

• Continued development of La Trobe University in Bendigo

• Continued implementation of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens Master Plan

• Bendigo Stadium – Major Expansion

• Bendigo Regional Tennis Centre – Redevelopment

• Bendigo RSL Memorial Hall Upgrade and Expansion 

“These meetings in Canberra are also about building strong relationships with key decision makers, similar to what we have been able to do with successive State Governments in Victoria,” Cr Lyons said.

“I am confident that we will get a good hearing and that the Federal Government will give serious consideration to our requests.”

IN TALKS: City of Greater Bendigo chief executive, Craig Niemann and city futures director, Stan Liacos.

IN TALKS: City of Greater Bendigo chief executive, Craig Niemann and city futures director, Stan Liacos.

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