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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is looking forward to seeing work get underway on more than $300 million in Federal Government spending, confirmed in this week’s Budget.

Mr Chester said additional funding for infrastructure across the region would provide more opportunities to support local jobs.

“We need to keep getting stuff done, identifying local priority projects and focussing on investing in the future of our region as we continue to recover from the drought, bushfires and coronavirus pandemic.

“Now is the time for local groups to finalise their plans for projects that improve the liveability of our region.

“Our focus is to get this money into the Gippsland economy and deliver these projects as quickly as possible.

“These infrastructure projects will support local contractors and suppliers, which in turn supports local jobs.”

Wellington Shire Council will receive more than $16 million this financial year to spend on safer roads, improved community facilities and programs. Projects include:

  • $6.3 under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program for Phase 3 with councils able to access funding from January 1, 2022 for projects to be completed by June 30, 2023.
  • $10 million through the Roads to Recovery program to maintain and upgrade local roads

Other major Federal Government infrastructure projects within the municipality this financial year, include:

  • A further $1.1 million for street signalisation at Cunninghame Street in Sale
  • A further $103.4 million of its $202.6 million commitment to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale
  • $352,118 for the $1 million redevelopment of Stretton Park Stage 2
  • $121.7 million of its $447.7 commitment to the Gippsland rail line, and
  • $14.8 million of the $31.2 for Phase 2 of the Macalister Irrigation District Modernisation

Mr Chester said we already have many Federal Government funded projects underway or ready to begin across the municipality, including the Maffra Pump Track and upgrades to York Street, Sale.

“We need to ensure we get this money out the door and into Wellington to support businesses and local jobs as soon as possible.”

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