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Published Friday 8 February 2019
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Mayor, Director to embark on trip to Canberra

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Advocacy and Community Services director Mary Agostino will head to Canberra next week in an effort to advocate for improved roads, mental health services and local jobs.

The pair will arrive in the nation’s capital on Wednesday 13 February to meet with politicians to discuss the shire’s top advocacy priorities, before returning home that evening.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said highlighting local needs was a key priority for the council.

“Improving our roads, mental health services and local jobs is key for us as a council, but we need help from the federal government. An investment from federal government would allow a project like the Watson Street-Hume Highway to go ahead after state government funding,” he said.

“I am really happy about being given the chance to head to the capital to discuss some of these issues with our politicians. We will continue to advocate strongly for our community to get the best outcomes for our community.


“Our shire continues to grow, and we need state and federal government support, so we can ensure the region is a great place to live for our residents new and old. We want to pro-actively respond to the growing pains in our shire.”

The trip comes off the back of a successful meeting with Australian Shadow Treasurer, the Honourable Chris Bowen MP and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell on Saturday 2 February. As well as Member for Murray – who will contest the seat of Nicholls – Damian Drum on Thursday 7 February.

Funding for more access to important mental health services is key, which includes seeking support for ongoing operational funding for the Mental Health Youth Hub in Wallan.

Mitchell Shire is firmly advocating for the Watson Street-Hume Highway interchange and crucial road maintenance locked in as main discussion points. We will advocate to partner with both the state and federal governments to deliver these projects as an immediate priority to meet growing demands and ease pressure on our roads.