Wollongong City Council has been attacked for only making one application for funding for one project under the Resources for Regions (RR) program.
Meanwhile, Hunter region councils have made six funding applications valued at $23.3 million – all of which have been shortlisted for consideration.
Wollongong Council has lodged one funding application for $2.4 million towards the Wongawilli Access Project, which has the strong support of Shellharbour MP, Anna Watson.
In fact, Ms Watson has been urging Council to apply for funding for a West Dapto project under the Resources to Regions program for the last three years.
Today Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery has been suggesting that Council only applied for one project because the Hunter region was ‘favoured’ by the State Government.
The State Government certainly has no reason to ‘favour’ the Illawarra after Council’s failure to lodge more than one project for shortlist funding.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP
“Only lodging one application for funding under the Resources for Regions (RR) program has been very short-sighted of Wollongong City Council.
“The Hunter region has five Councils competing for funding for six projects.
“We have only one project application in the mix.
“And it has taken Council three years to act on my suggestion that it submit an application for funding for a West Dapto project.
“While I hope that the West Dapto project is approved, if the Government refuses to fund it, Council’s strategy will mean we miss out on any money from the Resources for Regions program for another year.
“We have only ever had one single project funded in the whole life of the Resources for Regions program since it was first introduced six years ago.
“Council should understand that the RR program doesn’t stand for ‘rest and recreation’.
“Council should have submitted more project applications for funding consideration for the local government area.”
24 June 2016