THE region’s councils are preparing to fight for the projects they were promised under the Regional Development Australia fund.
The 18 councils of the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils will meet next month to discuss their plan of attack since the federal government cut the fund and announced it wouldn’t be honouring any projects with unsigned contracts.
Labor promised about 30 projects to the councils in the federal election campaign, with the vow they were fully budgeted for and would go ahead regardless of the election outcome.
Executive officer of the councils Ray Stubbs said many councils had lobbied for their projects for a long time.
“Previous rounds of the RDAF were focused on big ticket items, which are all very well, but there are many smaller projects at a local level that are important to communities,” Mr Stubbs said.
“In this round the previous government had seemed to finally agree with that. It will be disappointing if those funds aren’t made available.”
Mr Stubbs said the councils would be making submissions to the federal government.
Farrer MP Sussan Ley has already stated she will be attending the November 6 meeting.