A range of high priority regional projects were discussed today at a meeting today hosted by Bass Coast Council and attended by The Hon. Peter Walsh MP, Leader of the Nationals (also Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Water and Regional Development), Melina Bath MLC, Member for Eastern Victoria, and local Member for Bass, Brian Paynter MP. Welcomed by Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield and Acting CEO, Mark Brady, the meeting referenced Bass Coast Council’s recently released Advocacy Strategy (Phase 1) – “Representing our community – Shaping our Future”.
Council is actively focussing on advocating on issues and projects which require support from higher levels of government. Recognising the importance of strong collaboration between local government and parliamentary representatives, Mr Walsh and Mr Paynter actively contributed to a discussion a range of priority issues for the Bass Coast.
It is crucial, however, that residents continue to work together with local government in continuing to apply pressure for other priority projects including an upgrade of the Wonthaggi Hospital to sub-regional status, 24 Pharmacy on Phillip Island, improved transport to the region and replacement of the Cowes Jetty.
Quotes attributable to Peter Walsh, Leader of the Nationals, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Shadow Minister for Water and Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Meetings with local government representatives are critical in delivering on our policy to develop regional areas. Victoria’s population is growing by over 100,000 per year and the Liberal National Coalition is focussed on delivering the infrastructure to accommodate this growth.
Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter, Member for Bass
Meeting with local government to discuss priority projects is always important but even more so in an election year. We achieved the funding for Wonthaggi Secondary next year so can now set our targets on another big fish.
Wonthaggi Hospital is our highest priority and I’ll continue to work hard for the funding for another stage towards sub regional status.
It is important to ensure that the real and urgent needs of Bass Coast are met in order to develop and maintain the attractiveness of our coastal lifestyle
L – R: Melina Bath, Peter Walsh, Pamela Rothfield, Brian Paynter