Monday, 01 June 2015 15:18

Board takes region's priorities to the nation's capital

The Great South Coast Group is heading to the nation's capital this week to provide briefings to members of parliament on the key priorities for our region.

A delegation of Board representatives will travel to Canberra on Thursday 4 June to meet with key Government MPs and advisors as well as members of the Shadow Ministry.

Members of Parliament will be briefed on 12 Apostles Trail, Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, safety treatments on Princes Highway West including recognition as a road of national significance; loss of indexation and adverse impacts of new funding models on rural and regional councils, and telecommunications blackspots.

Chair of the Great South Coast Group and Mayor of Moyne Shire, Cr Colin Ryan, said regular engagement both in Canberra and at Spring Street was part of a long-term strategy to reinforce the importance of projects to the region with key decision makers.

"Our message will be that the region, through the Great South Coast Group, is prepared to do what it takes to build and shape our community to meet the challenges ahead, but we can't do it alone."

"The Great South Coast has a unique story to tell and our challenge is primarily about how we cope with growth and expansion, so it is critical we make the effort to visit Canberra and keep the lines of communication open."

Following on from the Group's first visit in 2012, this visit to Parliament House will be the third for the Great South Coast Group and forms part of a long-term strategy 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.

Cr Ryan said while the Group were consignant they would not receive funding promises during this visit, the aim of the delegation was to bring to the attention the region's needs for future budget decisions.

"We will speak with one voice as the lead regional advocacy body for our region, making it plain to Canberra that we have a clear and agreed vision for the Great South Coast," he said.

Scheduled meetings include:
• Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, Paul Fletcher
• Advisers to Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb
• Advisor to Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss
• Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Julie Collins

Media information: Executive Officer Karen Foster, 0407 312 836

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