Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:50

Great South Coast Group advocates for region's top priorities

The Great South Coast Group has met with Shadow Minister for Public Transport and Ports David Hodgett, along with member for South West Coast, Denis Napthine and Member for Western Victoria Joshua Morris, regarding the region's key priorities including passenger rail improvements.

Chair of the Great South Coast Group, Cr Colin Ryan, said additional services would help improve accessibility to Geelong and Melbourne and would also help to connect regional communities with one another.

"The Great South Coast region, particularly Warrnmabool and Camperdown, will see an increase in population growth due to significant expansion to the agricultural and dairy sectors over the next decade," he said.

"These extra services will open up new opportunities for commuting, education and for business."

"While increased passenger rail services along the Warrnambool-Geelong line remains a key priority, we also took the opportunity to brief the Deputy Shadow Leader on our other priorities for the region," said Cr Ryan.

"We also had a discussion around regional ports, with the Shadow Minister asking Great South Coast Councils to keep him apprised of emerging issues and infrastructure needs."

Mr Hodgetts, Mr Morris and Dr Napthine were also briefed on Beyond the Bell, 12 Apostles Trail and Grampians Peaks Trail, Road improvements, LINK: joint library initiative, South West HealthCare Stage 2 and regional placemaking.

Chair Cr Colin Ryan said the Great South Coast Group was also seeking meetings with the new Labor Government to brief them on the region's priorities.

"Our purpose in meeting with the Government is to inform them of the needs of our region so that, when available, resources can be directed to where the region needs them most."

"We will also be heading up to Canberra in the next month or so to continue the open dialogue with our national leaders and ensure the Great South Coast's priorities are front-of-mind when it comes to future budgeting decisions being made," said Cr Ryan. 

Media information: Great South Coast Executive Officer Karen Foster, 0407 312 836

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