Swan pleads case

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE City of Swan’s com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy team has met 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 min­is­ters and Op­po­si­tion mem­bers last week to raise aware­ness of the City’s needs.

Mr Fo­ley said the visit was ex­pected to help the City 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 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.”

Cr Lu­cas said the visit had been pos­i­tive.

“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.

The City will con­tinue to seek sup­port at a State and Fed­eral level for in­fra­struc­ture.

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