GIPPSLAND'S mayors and chief executive officers, in Canberra last week for the Australian Local Government Association 2014 National General Assembly, met with Gippsland MHR Darren Chester to discuss priority projects for Gippsland.
The Gippsland Local Government Network representatives, who advocate on behalf of the six Gippsland-based councils, met various ministers, and sought support and advice on government policies from Mr Chester.
"The main topics of discussion included roads funding, mobile phone black spots, access to faster internet, energy costs and the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants," Mr Chester said.
"The federal government has a clear focus on strengthening regional communities and has announced many projects which will deliver significant benefits to Gippsland, such as the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery program, $100 million to eliminating mobile phone blackspots and the $1 billion National Stronger Regions fund."
Mr Chester said it was a great support to have council representatives in Canberra promoting Gippsland's strengths and future vision.
"It is important that Gippsland issues are well known to government ministers and staffers so that they are fully considered in the context of policy making and funding decisions," Mr Chester said.
"I am continually promoting our region's achievements and assets, but it is great support to have local government representatives in Canberra flying the Gippsland flag and lobbying to make our communities stronger."