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Federal funding splash for community creek project in Yackandandah



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan AO MP

117 MURPHY STREET, WANGARATTA, VIC 3677 OFFICE: (03) 5721 7077 TOLL FREE: 1300 131 791 FAX: (03) 5721 7066

EMAIL: cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au WEBSITE: www.cathymcgowan.com.au

July 20, 2016

Federal funding splash for community creek project in Yackandandah

A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure will help increase access through a popular part of Yackandandah. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, congratulated the Indigo Shire Council and Yackandandah Chamber of Commerce on receiving $17,972 for the Yackandandah Creek Pedestrian Bridge Project.

“Indi matters and funding continues to flow to build infrastructure and create local jobs,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan said the bridge would give people an alternative path to reach the sports park and add a positive aspect to the creek area.

“This bridge will improve access to a popular part of Yackandandah. Locals already use this point to cross the creek and the bridge will make it safer,” Ms McGowan said. “Improved access to the sports park is likely to increase the number of people using the facilities.

“The gorge walk loop is one of the most popular Yackandandah tourist experiences. The installation of the bridge will also make the creek walk loop a more enjoyable experience for visitors.”

Ms McGowan thanked Yackandandah Chamber of Commerce and Nelmac Pty ltd for the $10,000 and $8000 contributions respectively towards the project, which has a total cost of $35,972.

“Congratulations to the local business community for getting behind this project,” Ms McGowan said. “I look forward to seeing the bridge completed and attending the official opening.”

This funding was delivered under Round Two of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round Two of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.