The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie today announced the Commonwealth Government would invest more than $12 million to deliver key infrastructure projects in Indi.
Senator McKenzie said the projects to be funded included:
• $10 million towards the Wodonga City Heart Infrastructure Project;
• $1.87 million towards construction of an Alpine Events Centre in Bright; and,
• $200,000 to support the upgrade of Wahgunyah Recreation Reserve.
The funding will be provided through the Coalition Government’s $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.
“The Nationals fought hard to secure the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund so we could deliver key local infrastructure projects in regional and rural communities,” Senator McKenzie said.
“These three important local projects will deliver a significant boost to the communities of Wodonga, Bright and Wahgunyah and is further proof of The Nationals’ strong commitment to Victoria’s North East.”
Senator McKenzie said the Commonwealth had partnered with the Wodonga City Council to deliver the $20.7 million Wodonga City Heart Infrastructure Project.
She said it would fund the construction of public open spaces at Richardson Park and the Promenade, and key connections through the reconstruction of High and South Streets and extension of Havelock Street.
“The Wodonga City Heart Infrastructure Project will significantly improve the look and feel of Wodonga’s CBD, encourage more people into the heart of town and provide a boost to local businesses,” Senator McKenzie said.
Senator McKenzie said the Commonwealth had partnered with the Alpine Shire Council to deliver the $3.7 million Alpine Events Centre project in Bright, which would fund a scalable and innovative outdoor events precinct for Bright.
“It will include iconic mountain bike trails, a state-of-the-art events hub, major event facilities and scalable infrastructure to deliver major national and international events,” Senator McKenzie said.
“This investment will further position Bright as a major tourism destination for visitors from across Victoria, interstate and overseas.”
Senator McKenzie said the Commonwealth had partnered with the Indigo Shire Council to deliver a $700,000 upgrade to facilities at the Wahgunyah Recreation Reserve.
She said it would fund the upgrade and expansion of the football and netball home and away clubrooms, treasurer and trainer rooms, septic, toilet and shower facilities, new community meeting rooms, a multi-purpose community function centre, car park and entry road.
“This investment will be welcomed by the Wahgunyah Football and Netball Club and the Reserve’s other user groups, and provides the community with facilities they can be proud of,” Senator McKenzie said.
Senator McKenzie said a total of 51 priority infrastructure projects had been funded nationwide through Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
Further information about the National Stronger Regions Fund is available online on www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.
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