POLITICS and cynicism have unfortunately been pieced together in the same sentence many a time and in a majority of cases rightfully so.
Examples of broken election promises are often the main generator of the voting public's cynicism toward their elected representatives.
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Accusations of pork-barreling flowed thick and fast during the May federal election campaign when the seat of Indi was squarely in the sights of the Coalition with no bigger indicator being the two visits by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the lead-up.
Almost $100 million worth of election promises were showered on Indi as the Coalition attempted to reclaim the seat after two terms in the hands of independent Cathy McGowan, who was among those to doubt whether they would come to fruition as opinion polls and bookmakers confidently predicted a Labor victory.
Even though Scott Morrison defied the odds and held onto power, the question remained whether Indi would still see a swag of projects come to fruition.
On Friday those fears were put to bed.
Ten community projects in Indi heartland centres of Wodonga, Corryong, Myrtleford, Mansfield and Euroa had their funding guaranteed for a string of worthy projects ranging from $5 million for the community sports and arts facility at Wodonga Senior Secondary College to $250,000 for the anti-suicide safety barriers on the Melrose Drive overpass.
The confirmation of funding for the projects from Victorian Liberal Senator Jane Hume came with the strongest indication yet even bigger ticket items announced in the election campaign such as the McKoy Street intersection upgrade, Wodonga hospital mental health rehabilitation unit and Baranduda Fields were heading in the right direction.
Putting the politics aside, the Coalition has to be given credit for delivering on its promises within three months of an election despite the Indi baton being passed to another independent, Helen Haines.
But there can be no dispute it helps being a marginal seat.