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Published Thursday 1 August 2019
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Important discussions held in Canberra

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Advocacy and Community Services Director Mary Agostino have continued their important community discussions in Canberra, meeting with government officials on Thursday 25 July.

The pair joined Member for Nicholls Damien Drum, continuing Mitchell Shire Council’s strong working relationship with the Australian Government.

The first meeting for Mayor Chisholm and Director Agostino was to discuss the Australian Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, and its future expansion with Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester.

Seymour is going through an exciting phase of development and, as we look toward the future, the museum is seen as a critical part of the growth of jobs, tourism and investment.

The next meeting was held with Minister for Health Greg Hunt and the topic of discussion was mental health. Mayor Chisholm and Director Agostino conveyed the importance of youth and adult mental health services in our community and the evident lack of services for a rapidly growing population..

The rest of the day was to discuss the key infrastructure required for the growth corridor and a strong focus on the completion of a diamond interchange in Wallan.

The pair met with Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack’s transport advisor where Council called on the government to work alongside the state government to ensure the continued upgrade of roads north of Melbourne.

The meetings were important and come off the back of our Federal Election Campaign. Mayor Chisholm and Mrs Agostino have previously held discussions with Federal Government representatives, and both will look to continue the working relationship moving forward.

They also met with Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Catherine King’s office to discuss our commitment to early delivery of roads infrastructure to avoid costly retrofitting in our community. The meeting was to keep the completion of a diamond interchange near Wallan firmly on the agenda following the $23 million commitment from the Labor Party before the Federal Election.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“I would like to sincerely thank Member for Nicholls Damien Drum for his support during our recent trip to the capital. We spoke at length on our roads, mental health and tourism with Ministers and various members of parliament,” he said.

“This is another great sign for our partnership with the Federal Government. We will continue to talk with them about the challenges and opportunities our shire faces. We work alongside all levels of government to benefit our community.

“We are a growing municipality and we want to stay on the front foot of this growth. We want to proactively ensure people have access to the improved roads and extended services, not retroactively respond to the needs of residents.”