Council ready for federal poll

Colac Otway Shire mayor Jason Schram says the council is lobbying federal election candidates for funding commitments ahead of this year’s election. The council’s wish list includes $2.8 million in upgrades for Colac’s Memorial Square.

Colac Otway Shire Council is lobbying for funding for nearly 40 priority projects ahead of this year’s federal election.

The election, which must happen by May 18, will be the first in which the council will lobby candidates from two federal electorates, following an electoral boundary redistribution last year that split the shire across Wannon and Corangamite.

The council is finalising separate priority project lists and presentations for the two electorates and is hopeful of gaining bipartisan funding commitments ahead of the election.

“Council has completed planning for a range of projects across the shire, which makes them ready for development or construction if we can attract state or federal funding,” mayor Jason Schram said.

The council will lobby Wannon candidates for funding for about 20 projects, including big-ticket items such as $2.8 million for upgrades to Colac’s Memorial Square and smaller commitments such as $30,000 for a Colac-to-Cororooke Shared Path feasibility study.

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