Lobby team in Can­berra

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

THE City of Swan’s com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy team has met with mem­bers of Par­lia­ment in Can­berra to raise aware­ness of pri­or­ity projects.

Swan Mayor David Lu­cas, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley and Deputy Mayor Kevin Bai­ley met with min­is­ters and shadow min­is­ters last week to raise aware­ness of the City’s needs.

Mr Fo­ley said the visit was ex­pected to help the City to se­cure fund­ing for pri­or­ity projects such as the El­len­brook Indoor Leisure Cen­tre, Stock Road in Bulls­brook and the Lloyd Street bridge.

“The three-day lobby ef­fort is ex­pected to as­sist the City in se­cur­ing fund­ing ahead of the next elec­tion and into the for­ward es­ti­mates,” he said.

“The City’s long-run­ning ad­vo­cacy pro­gram has helped to se­cure fund­ing for ma­jor City of Swan projects, in­clud­ing North­link WA, El­len­brook’s in­terim youth cen­tre, Beech­boro Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the du­pli­ca­tion of Reid High­way and New Lord Street.

“The City has also pur­sued the State Gov­ern­ment to build a mass tran­sit so­lu­tion for the res­i­dents of El­len­brook.”

Mayor Lu­cas said the visit had been proac­tive.

“While we come to Can­berra seek­ing funds, it’s un­com­mon to leave with any solid com­mit­ments; how­ever I think we’ve been very proac­tive in this space for a num­ber of years,” he said.

“To pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture for our grow­ing com­mu­nity is one of our high­est pri­or­i­ties and great­est chal­lenges, and we will con­tinue to see support at a state and fed­eral level.”

City of Swan CEO Mike Fo­ley, Mayor David Lu­cas and deputy mayor Kevin Bai­ley in Can­berra.

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