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Mitchell Shire Council launches federal election priorities

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Health and wellbeing support, a freeway interchange at Beveridge and new recreational facilities top the list of federal election priorities for Mitchell Shire Council.

Through its Connecting Mitchell campaign, council is looking for a commitment from candidates to fund Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub, the Camerons Lane and Hume Freeway interchange at Beveridge and detailed planning for Wallan’s Greenhill Recreation Precinct.

With a focus on people, jobs and health, council’s campaign is looking to federal leaders to listen to the community and support projects that will deliver positive outcomes.

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Council believe the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub will transform the lives of individuals and families across the region.
Operating as a ‘no wrong door’ model, Seymour hub will offer access to integrated health and mental health support, together with other community services.

The hub will focus on adult and veterans’ mental health, and will also be home to other health care and community spaces including a Centre Against Sexual Assault service, community dental service, primary health services, a library, and flexible community spaces to promote social connection.

The hub is the result of a partnership between Mitchell Shire Council, Goulburn Valley Health, Seymour Health, and Nexus Primary Health and was a top priority project identified by the community through the Seymour Revitalisation Project.

Council is hoping for a commitment of $14 million from the Federal Government towards the $23 million project.

The Greenhill Recreation Precinct will be a premier sporting and recreational development to meet the needs of the Wallan community.

At the heart of the precinct will be an integrated facility for stadium sports, gymnastics, aquatics, and other leisure activities.

It will sit along-side a unique environmental and cultural precinct encompassing the Greenhill cone.

Council is asking for a $5.2 million commitment for detailed design work to complete the first stage of this project.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the shire’s population was growing fast, and was predicted to progress faster in the future.

“Mitchell is Victoria’s fastest growing municipality. We need investment now by the Federal Government to ensure positive outcomes for our community as we grow,” he said.

“Spending a timely dollar now, will save on spending far more dollars down the track. We need the timely delivery of infrastructure.

“Investment in the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub will help to uplift the community from deeply entrenched intergenerational disadvantage.

“Camerons Lane interchange at Beveridge sits at the heart of one of Australia’s fastest growing corridors. Critical funding for this project now will support future decades of housing and jobs expansion, that will change the face of Melbourne and northern Victoria.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to show their support for our community by investing in the important projects.”

People can get involved and tell candidates why they want the projects or find out more about council’s priorities by clicking here.

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