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Published Wednesday 13 February 2019
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Mayor, Director advocate in Canberra

Our Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino were in Canberra to meet with federal government representatives today.

9.30am: Meeting with Shadow Minister for Regional Communications Stephen Jones MP

Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino met with the Hon. Stephen Jones MP to discuss the communication black spots through Mitchell Shire.

The region is in need of more mobile towers which will enable faster, wider spread communication. It will enable residents living in these areas to access emergency services alerts and can increase economic potential.

Areas in immediate need of mobile towers are Glenaroua, Pyalong, Whiteheads Creek, Beveridge, Kilmore and Mitchell Shire's Western Fringe.

Discussions around the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot program were held.

Mitchell Identified Glenaroua, Pyalong and Whiteheads Creek as the top three priority areas for the next round of funding.

Broadford and Redesdale were successful in rounds 1 and 2 respectively.

Our Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino were in Canberra to meet with federal government representatives today.
Our Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino were in Canberra to meet with federal government representatives today. 

1pm: Meeting with Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles MP to discuss the tank museum

4.30pm: Meeting with an advisor to Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo MP to discuss the tank museum

This meeting was to discuss appropriate funding to plan, design and construct a high profile and accessible new Armour and Artillery Museum located on the perimeter of Puckapunyal army base.

A high profile and accessible Armour and Artillery Museum is of strategic importance to the future economic prosperity of Seymour and the wider Goulburn Valley Region.

Having an accessible, well established Armour and Artillery Museum will attract tourists, boost visitor numbers and create more local jobs in the area.

Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm, Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino, Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles MP and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell
Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm, Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino, Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles MP and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell all engaged in this conversation and saw it as a valuable project for both army and community.

2.30pm: Meeting with Bronwyn Asquith, Advisor to Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence; and Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney MP, to discuss domestic violence

During this important meeting, discussions were held around reducing future rates of family violence as Mitchell Shire rapidly grows.

Support for prevention and early intervention programs for families and children is being sought.

Mitchell Shire is advocating for an additional three full-time family support and outreach officers to work directly with children and families, increased counselling services and crisis support and a family violence support hub. Mitchell Shire’s family violence rate is almost double the Victorian average of 1,242.4 persons per 100,000 population.

3pm: Meeting with Policy Director at Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Andrew Wallace and Senior Adviser at Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Ali Nelson to discuss Wallan road infrastructure.

This meeting was to advocate for the construction of the southern oriented freeway on/off ramps at Watson Street to create a full diamond interchange with the Hume Freeway and compete the duplication and upgrades of Watson Street between Wallara Waters Boulevard and the Northern Highway in Wallan.

As well as Capacity improvements (duplication) to the Northern Highway between the Hume Freeway and Watson Street in Wallan.

The benefits of the completion of this project would aim to:

• Alleviate growth pressures on Melbourne – connecting the northern growth corridor and beyond
• Communities that are healthier, more vibrant and connected
• Improved retention of economic wealth within local communities
• Improved freight connectivity and efficiency
• Free flow of traffic on the Hume Freeway

The Roads to Recovery Program supports the maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.

We are advocating for an Increase in funding for the Roads to Recovery Program to $800 million each year and make the Bridges Renewal Program permanent to boost safety on our local roads and help meet the growing demands being experienced by councils.