ANOTHER $25 million for Murray River communities was announced yesterday in Wodonga — and then promptly declared “at risk”.
The money is part of the federal government’s Murray Darling basin jobs package, specifically for communities on the Victorian side of the river.
But Regional Australia Minister Catherine King said it would now be up to the Coalition to guarantee the money in case the government changed.
“That $25 million includes $15 million agreed to with the Victorian government for bringing gas to small communities along the entirety of the Murray,” she said.
“It includes irrigation projects along the entirety of the Murray.”
Ms King said all those projects had been identified as needing to be done by both the Hume and Loddon-Mallee groupings of Regional Development Australia, along with the Murray River Group of Councils.
She said she had approved the funds before the government went into caretaker mode.
Ms King said Labor was calling on Nationals leader Warren Truss to guarantees all of those projects.
“When we came into government in 2007 we honoured a number of regional partnership projects that didn’t have contracts,” Ms King said.
Projects include a wharf development at Koondrook, revitalisation of the Port of Echuca, a Cohuna ski run development and Swan Hill’s riverfront renewal.