This morning I attended the Federal Government’s Budget Breakfast, where the recent Federal Budget was presented by the Treasurer Wayne Swan. The Treasurer outlined the economic conditions within Australia, as well as discussing the outcomes from the recent Henry Review into Taxation.
One of the initiatives through the economic stimulus package was the investment in community infrastructure, through partnerships with Local Government. The redevelopment of the Ringwood Soccer Pavilion is an example of this program and demonstrates the outcomes that can be achieved when multiple levels of Governments work together.
I asked a question in regard to the need for an ongoing program of infrastructure funding that should be available for local government projects. While the Treasurer did not provide a definitive answer, he did suggest that further announcements would be forthcoming in this regard.
It is imperative that all levels of Government work together to provide the best possible facilities for the community and Council will be discussing projects, such as the redevelopment of the Ringwood Aquatic Centre, with the Federal Government.