WANGARATTA is looking for its ‘fair share’ of funding in tomorrow’s State Budget.
And council’s much publicised ‘troubles’ – punctuated by an ongoing investigation by the local government inspectorate – shouldn’t impact government funding, according to Rural City of Wangaratta mayor Rozi Parisotto.
Speaking to the Wangaratta Chronicle, Cr Parisotto said she had “no concerns” that the inquiry into conduct complaints involving councillors and council staff, will in any way undermine funding streams to the rural city.
“We are looking for and deserve our ‘fair share’,” Cr Parisotto said.
“In fact, we met with Premier Denis Napthine last month at a regional cities gathering and he was very supportive.
“I think we are still highly regarded and do deliver on projects.”
Cr Parisotto said fundamentally, she hoped the budget supported regional cities.
“We’re looking for support of infrastructure and growth of regional centres and communities,” she said.
“The government has indicated it wants to support regional growth, and see people relocate from Melbourne, and we’re hoping to see funding to back this up.”