Council steps up advocacy before federal election

Published on 05 March 2019

Council building

Extending the Diamond Creek Trail and expanding the Hurstbridge Stadium are just two of many items on Nillumbik Shire Council’s agenda to seek Federal Government support ahead of this year’s election.

Council has started to meet with sitting members and will meet with candidates from all parties, including independents, to ensure the Nillumbik community is front and centre for funding announcements during the campaign.

Mayor Karen Egan said the council will be clearly highlighting its strategy for Nillumbik and ensuring the community receives the funding and support it deserves.

“Residents of Nillumbik deserve to have great sporting facilities for their kids to play on and not to be continually stuck in traffic.” Cr Egan said.

“It is vital that Nillumbik has adequate road infrastructure to keep traffic moving through the Shire, so people can less time in their car and more time at home with their families.”

Council adopted its 2019 Federal Election Advocacy Statement which asks the Federal Government to ensure proper funding of proposed services and infrastructure including:

  • Extending the Diamond Creek Trail from Diamond Creek to Hurstbridge.
  • Realising Nillumbik’s long term vision for a regional art gallery and revitalising The Laughing Waters art precincts
  • Working to deliver a contemporary, fully accessible second stage of the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre.
  • Revamping the Diamond Creek Community Hub with dedicated meeting, theatre and performance function spaces, a youth space and adult learning and training facilities.
  • Expanding Hurstbridge Stadium, including two outdoor courts and the expansion of the two indoor multi-purpose courts and change rooms.

To view the 2019 Federal Election Advocacy Statement and all of the other projects highlighted in statement visit Residents are encouraged to highlight Council’s priorities when speaking to local candidates.