Cr Robyn Gulline: key factor in attracting government grants

Thank you to community members who have provided and continue to provide feedback on the Council’s many “Speak Up” opportunities.

I look forward to receiving the community vision of the Deliberative Committee and its contribution to the board plan, long term financial plan and asset management plan.

I understand that it can sometimes make it seem like, as a community, we’re constantly being asked what we want, when all we want is for something to be delivered.

However, let me assure you that the thousands of comments provided are not wasted, but support the efforts of Council to attract funds for our municipality from higher levels of government.

In my six months as mayor, the HRCC received over $ 10 million in state and federal grants after years of advocating for local projects, programs and initiatives. These funds will help Horsham Rural City to grow and prosper as a regional city.

If community members had not taken the time to engage with Council and report on our priorities, these funds would have been more difficult to receive.

Of course, not everyone will agree on how the Council should spend state and federal money. And it’s ok.

Grant funds usually contain very strict criteria, so the Council limits itself to requesting funding programs as they become available. This demonstrates the importance of planning and having in the drawer a wide range of “ready-to-go” projects with broad community support.

As a community, we must continue to work together to address priority issues for the benefit and improvement of our community, support recovery from COVID-19, and make the most of available opportunities.

It is essential to work with the local community and leading industry organizations to develop priority projects that will bring vital improvements to our regional city.

Residents of Wimmera deserve the same level of services and facilities as our metro cousins. Together, we must show state and federal politicians that these priority projects are important to residents and families in our region.

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