Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters used one of her final formal media announcements to outline the raft of projects she has announced during her campaign, ahead of tomorrow’s ballot.
“We have committed almost $30 million for community infrastructure projects in the Bendigo electorate during this campaign,” Ms Chesters said.
The big ticket items include
$4.4 million for an expansion of the Bendigo Airport terminal, $2 million for the La Trobe Rural Road Trauma Research Hub and nearly $1 million set aside for redevelopment of the Bendigo Showgrounds.
Ms Chesters said that Bendigo is a marginal seat and will be fought to the very end.
“It’s close and it’s particularly close at early voting,” Ms Chesters said.
Bendigo’s incumbent didn’t hide her disappointment at the lack of commitments from the Liberal Party.
“The Liberal Party has left us hanging and that’s something voters should remember on Saturday.”
Bendigo’s Liberal Party candidate Sam Gayed affirmed the party’s commitment to transport earlier this week, with $82 million for the Bendigo and Echuca rail lines and $10 million for upgrades to the Calder Highway.
The headline act of the Greens’ election platform for Bendigo is an eight-point plan to tackle climate change and help the agricultural industry.
A reversal of the funding cuts to Landcare, instituting a national ban on fracking and creating a new Centre for Sustainable Agriculture are some of the other initiatives announced by the Greens.
“It is a plan that acknowledges that we are in a climate crisis,” Senator for Victoria Janet Rice said.
“This is $100 million in grants per year for drought relief. It’s not just a handout, which is what the government does.”
The remaining candidates for the seat of Bendigo are United Australia Party’s Adam Veitch, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation’s Vaughan Williams, Rise Up Australia Party’s Sharon Budde and Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party’s Julie Hoskin.