Latrobe City Council Mayor Graeme Middlemiss and Deputy Mayor Darren Howe this week had an opportunity to brief Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack on the city’s infrastructure priorities.
Mr McCormack, who is also the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, was invited to Gippsland by local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester said he was pleased to give Latrobe the opportunity to speak directly to Mr McCormack.
“This was a great opportunity for the Deputy Prime Minister to hear from the council about its infrastructure priorities, such as completing the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale,” Mr Chester said.
“Importantly, it was also a chance to hear about the council’s vision for the Latrobe Valley and receive an update on progress on Federally-funded infrastructure projects.”
The Federal Government is investing more than $1 billion in infrastructure funding to Gippsland, including $418 million for the Gippsland Line rail upgrade, $210 million for the first nine stages of the Princes Highway duplication project and $132 million for the final two stages, $10 million to the Latrobe Creative Precinct and $5 million to the Morwell Recreation Reserve upgrade.