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Published on 12 October 2020
Mornington Peninsula Shire has welcomed the announcement of extra support for local government infrastructure projects in last week’s Federal Budget.
Shire CEO John Baker said the $1 billion extension to the $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program had the potential to make a real difference to the Peninsula community.
“The Shire has a $320 million package of shovel ready projects ready to go. These projects respond to genuine needs within our community and will help soften the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are keen to work with the Federal member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, as well as the State Government, on furthering as many of these projects as possible.”
The negative economic impacts of COVID-19 are forecast to be greater for the Mornington Peninsula than for Australia overall, with a predicted 21 per cent fall in Gross Regional Product, much worse than the 6.9 per cent drop forecast for Australia as a whole.
An estimated 5,900 jobs are also forecast to be lost due to the pandemic, with a reduction in employment opportunities of 11 per cent.
The Shire’s package of shovel ready projects includes:
Peninsula Bay Trail
Peninsula Community Facilities
Peninsula Pavilions Package
Peninsula Homelessness Package
* funding request is in addition to existing Federal Government funding commitment