Election promises against G21 priorities

Next week’s federal election polling day is the finish line for what many would consider a marathon campaign.

That is especially so given the federal election came hot-on-the-heels of last November’s state election.

G21 had long been preparing for both the state and federal elections.

For the federal election, over the past few years G21 has met with the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, ministers, shadow ministers and senior advisers, explained the region’s priority projects, and why they are important to our future.

We know that advocacy successes usually have a long gestation period.

Most projects funded in the recently announced bipartisan $355 million City Deal (or City Partnership under Labor) for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road were first talked about by G21 with politicians years ago.

Long-term advocacy based on good planning and solid arguments about community needs are the cornerstone of G21’s work on behalf of the region.

The success of obtaining a City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road proves that point.

Election tally sheet

G21 has once again run a federal election commitment tally sheet.

The sheet shows commitments against G21’s identified priority projects for the region made in the lead-up to the election by the Liberal-National Coalition, Labor and other parties.

In addition to those projects made under the City Deal, G21 especially welcomes recent commitments of Labor’s $2 million for the GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) project to help address disadvantage in the region and a Coalition pledge to locate Victoria’s first walk-in Adult Mental Health Centre in Corio.

In the past G21’s tally sheet has served as a useful guide for people as they form decisions before heading off to the polling booth.

The tally sheet is available through to the election on G21’s website – g21.com.au