Hogan ‘very happy’ with $13 million for Page projects
HOLDING one of Australia's most marginal federal seats, Page MP Kevin Hogan said he was "very happy" his seat had secured about $13 million for five projects in Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
The first-term Nationals MP said he had lobbied for "tweaking" the selection formula after Round One to ensure the Page electorate, as an area of disadvantage, had a better chance.
"These programs should never go to more well-off areas… they are to improve regional areas that are struggling," Mr Hogan said.
The successful projects in Page were the Toonumbar Dam Road in Kyogle, Casino Saleyards in Richmond Valley, Ballina Marine Rescue Tower, Lismore Quadrangle, and Harwood Sugar Mill in the Clarence Valley.
Successful applications under Round Three of the fund will be announced in July, with applications from Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Lismore, Byron and Ballina Shire councils and community organisations totalling almost $20 million.
Ballina has applied for the most this time, almost $13 million in three projects, including $4.7 million for the redevelopment of Ballina Jockey Club racecourse and the $3 million for a new road into Ballina Airport.