Local member backs medical centre

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has lent his voice to the campaign and confirmed his continued support for a medical centre in Grenfell.

“I have been receiving letters and emails to my office asking what my position is on the medical centre and I can categorically state I support the establishment of a medical centre in Grenfell,” Mr McCormack said.

“I have met with the Mayor, Councillor Mark Liebich to discuss this matter on a number of occasions, my office has been in contact with the Council to provide information on funding opportunities and I am also aware that the Council has approached my ministerial colleague, Senator Fiona Nash.

“I am very aware of the need for such a facility in Grenfell and have supported the Weddin Shire Council with its previous applications for funding.

“Each funding application is considered on merit and forms part of a competitive process considered by a panel of Department representatives.

“Minister Nash recently announced the opening of round one of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), a specific funding program for investment ready projects in regional, rural and remote Australia. I have also contacted and encouraged the Council to submit an application in this round.

“I will continue to work with the Mayor and Weddin Council in support of their efforts to deliver a much needed medical facility for Grenfell and want to affirm for the Grenfell community that I will continue to raise this issue with my colleagues in Government.”

Applications for the BBRF will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.

To find out more information on the BBRF please visit www.business.gov.au/bbrfor contactthe Wagga Wagga electorate office.

Cristy Houghton