The federal Members for Murray and Indi say their constituents will have to wait another year for the Federal Government to allocate funding for regional infrastructure projects.
The Government has confirmed it will not fund more than $14 million in uncontracted projects across the state’s north-east that had promised by the previous government under the Regional Development Australia Fund.
Councils will have to wait until 2015 to reapply for grants through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
The Member for Murray, Sharman Stone, says in the meantime, she has been raising the importance of local infrastructure projects.
“We don’t have the cash right now on hand but I’m arguing to our Government that it’s about priority setting now,” she said.
“I certainly have put Shepparton’s case under the nose of the relevant ministers.”
The Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, says communities need to be patient.
“If we make the case, things will come our way in due course,” she said.
“When the Government gets around to rebadging its programs and making the funding available we’re in the prime spot.”
Projects at risk include the redevelopment of the Shepparton sports precinct and the Wangaratta saleyards upgrade.