NO GUAR­AN­TEES

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

Shire of Den­mark pleads Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing case for Greens Pool to Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan but given no guar­an­tees.

The Shire of Den­mark has pleaded its case to Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan to re­tain fund­ing ear­marked for the East River bridge project.

This fol­lows the Shire’s de­ci­sion to let the State Gov­ern­ment take over the con­tro­ver­sial Den­mark East River road bridge project be­cause of strug­gling fi­nances.

Shire of Den­mark chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Parker said the coun­cil pre­sented its pro­posal to Ms MacTier­nan on Au­gust 10.

How­ever, the min­is­ter has not given the Shire any guar­an­tee it will get to keep the $4 mil­lion Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing for other projects.

“The coun­cil ex­pressed their de­sire to re­tain the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing ear­marked for the Western Precinct, with coun­cil’s pref­er­ence be­ing for up­grades to in­fra­struc­ture at Greens Pool,” he said.

“The min­is­ter said the Shire had put to­gether a com­pelling ar­gu­ment to keep the fund­ing.

“How­ever, she stressed that

I did ex­plain that needs across the re­gions need to be con­sid­ered — not just those in Den­mark. Alan nahM ac Tier n an

the pro­posal would be com­pet­ing with other Gov­ern­ment pri­or­i­ties.”

Ms MacTier­nan said she had had a pro­duc­tive meet­ing with the Shire and was happy to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of the pro­posal.

“I did ex­plain that needs across the re­gions need to be con­sid­ered — not just those in Den­mark — when pri­ori­tis­ing the fund­ing,” she said.

“More work needs to be done on the Wil­liam Bay pro­posal (Greens Pool re­de­vel­op­ment) be­fore it can be con­sid­ered by the State Gov­ern­ment.”

Mr Parker said the min­is­ter would con­firm her fi­nal de­ci­sion by the end of this month.

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