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Published Friday 1 February 2019
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Mitchell to advocate for upgraded roads

Mitchell Shire Council will meet with Australian Shadow Treasurer the Honourable Chris Bowen MP and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell tomorrow to discuss our top federal advocacy priorities ahead of this year’s federal election.

Roads will be firmly on the agenda during the meeting with 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.

Funding for more access to important mental health services, which includes seeking support for ongoing operational funding for the Mental Health Youth Hub in Wallan, will also be discussed. This is a priority issue which the community identifies with very strongly, especially young people.

Funding for a Tank and Artillery Museum and local jobs will be discussed.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said this meeting with Mr Bowen MP and Mr Mitchell MP is about sustaining the future of Mitchell Shire.

“A partnership with Mitchell Shire Council, the state government and the federal government would mean a project like the Watson-Street Interchange could begin. We are ready to go on with these projects,” he said.

“We offer a mix of rural and urban living with affordable housing and a diversity of lifestyle which means Mitchell Shire is an attractive place to live for many Victorians wanting a tree change.

“But we need the state and federal government’s support to ensure we can continue to provide the best place for our residents to live. We have an estimated 48,000 people living in our shire, but in the next 30 years we expect 250,000 people to call Mitchell home.

“We are embracing the chance to partner with the state and federal governments, so we can pro-actively respond to the growing pains in our shire and offer access to the services we need.”