"We still need help" Gladstone Mayor tells Federal treasuer
MAYOR Gail Sellers and local councillors met for a working lunch with Treasurer Wayne Swan yesterday and lobbied for funding on two key projects.
"The fact that he actually came to the chambers and sat down to talk to us for an hour, that was extremely important to me," Cr Sellers said.
"So many fly in and out they don't actually get to spend that much time on the ground."
The projects discussed were the Philip St Community Centre and the Kin Kora roundabout upgrade.
"I would hope sometime between now and September to get a commitment for funding for one or both of those projects," Cr Sellers said
"That would be a good outcome, particularly if it was matched by the opposition of the moment."
Cr Sellers said the members also took the opportunity to explain to Mr Swan that Gladstone was not flying high on industry funding.
"We explained to him that was not the case and we still needed help," she said.
"We particularly need help with the social infrastructure."
Cr Sellers said costings for Kin Kora roundabout, with six lanes and traffic lights, were about $25 million.
"Some of that will be contributed by Stockland as part of that project going ahead but Main Roads needs to find that money which is very difficult at the moment," she said.
"We need some input from Federal Government because the Gladstone region needs that shopping."