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Council stands ready to stimulate the economy

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Thursday, 14 May, 2020 - 14:00

Moorabool Shire Council stands ready with a comprehensive list of infrastructure projects to help stimulate the local economy post COVID 19.

If funded, these projects will create hundreds of jobs and add millions of dollars’ worth of stimulus to the local economy.

Mayor Cr David Edwards said Council has an important role to play in working with other levels of government to ensure that these projects can be fast-tracked over the coming months.

Cr Edwards said expected stimulus packages from State and Federal Governments must ensure that the funding is spent fairly across all communities and not just focussed on mega projects in capital cities.

“Projects being put forward by Moorabool Shire Council will not only benefit our community for many years to come, but will provide jobs and work for local businesses, which are facing significant hardship due to COVID 19,” he said.

Cr Edwards said the list included major projects, as well as medium and smaller projects, including:

  • A new Indoor Recreation Centre at Bacchus Marsh, including a basketball stadium
  • A new or vastly improved library at Ballan
  • Stage 2 of the Moorabool Regional Sports Hub at Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Reserve
  • The Parwan Employment Precinct Citygate project at Parwan
  • The rejuvenation of Lal Lal Falls Reserve
  • Gordon Public Park improvements
  • Navigators Community Centre

The projects have been identified in Council’s long-term strategic planning.

Cr Edwards said many of the projects are shovel ready with others are in the advanced planning stage could also be considered.

“Moorabool Council stands ready with a list of priority projects that will help to stimulate our local economy during the recovery phase,” he said.

“Council will be considering an upcoming Budget that if approved, will allocate several million dollars towards many big projects and looks forward to partnering with State and Federal Governments to ensure that these projects can happen in a way that benefits our local economy when this help is most needed.”

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Thursday, 14 May, 2020 - 14:04