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Wimmera region welcomes federal investment

SOLIDARITY: National Party representatives, from left, Member for Lowan Emma Kealy, federal candidate for Mallee Anne Webster and Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie discuss benefits of a major funding announcement. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SOLIDARITY: National Party representatives, from left, Member for Lowan Emma Kealy, federal candidate for Mallee Anne Webster and Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie discuss benefits of a major funding announcement. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

A $10-million Federal Government-funding package for the Mallee electorate has attracted widespread plaudits from municipal and agency leaders.
Horsham, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack shires were, with Mildura and Central Goldfields, major beneficiaries of the funding.
Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie announced the package as third-round announcements from the government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Major Wimmera projects to gain significant financial backing were a Horsham Rural City Council upgrade to Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange, $1.49-million; Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Wimmera River Discovery Trail project, $600,000; and Yarriambiack Shire Council’s Wimmera Mallee Tourist Trails strategic plan, $562,500, and Warracknabeal Regional Livestock Exchange, Ram it Up Project, $204,137.
A lion’s share of $7.5-million went to completion of the second stage of a Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct, while Central Goldfields Shire Council’s 2030 Aspiring and Achieving towns project received $90,000.
Senator McKenzie announced the successful applicants while joining Nationals Mallee candidate Anne Webster at Wimmera Machinery Field Days at Longerenong near Horsham.
“Agriculture and primary industries is a key driver of the Mallee and Wimmera economies,” she said.
“To be able to support the livestock industry through major infrastructure upgrades means these facilities are of a standard which enables the livestock exchange to remain competitive.
“Our government is able to invest in infrastructure and activities that grow regional economies because of our responsible economic management.”
Dr Webster said investment would be welcomed across the region.
“As I’ve been meeting with councils and community groups across the Wimmera and the Mallee, I’ve been advocating on the communities behalf to the Deputy Prime Minister to fund these important regional projects,” she said.
“It is great to see more tourism opportunities developing, from the fantastic food and wine experience in our diverse electorate to making the most of the wonderful natural features.”
Regional Development Australia Grampians chairman Stuart Benjamin said the projects would have significant benefits for the agriculture and tourism sectors.
“The agriculture sector is a major economic lever for Horsham, Warracknabeal and the Grampians region at large,” he said.
“These investments in livestock exchanges will ensure we can continue to attract vendors to our major centres and support the long-term viability of these assets for the local farming community.”
Mr Benjamin also praised a renewed focus on tourism in the region.
“Tourism is a critical driver of the economic potential of the Wimmera and southern Mallee,” he said.
“We are excited to see the development of the Wimmera Mallee Tourist Trails project, which will see an increased focus on attracting and capitalising on visitation to regional tourist trails such as our Silo Arts Trail. The establishment of the first section of the Wimmera River Discovery Trail is also great news and will attract more cyclists to explore our beautiful region which will be great news for local businesses.”

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