Opinion: Getting credit where it’s deserved

PAGE MP Kevin Hogan deserves a lot of kudos for finding funding for some projects that have been on the drawing board for far too long.

Well done for winning $12.6 million from the National Stronger Regions Fund.

This money is going to go a long way, despite what readers think. Almost $3 million for the Lismore gallery will make a power of difference for this venture which has been passed over for funding many times.

The same goes for the Casino saleyards ($3.5 million) which has suffered through plenty of election promises only to fall short on several occasions.

For Ballina's Marine Rescue tower the $850,000 will allow this group of hardy volunteers to get all the bells and whistles they deserve.

I know less about the funding requirements for the Harwood Mill or the Toonumbar Dam, but I am guessing the money won't go astray.

Call it pork barelling, call it vote buying, I don't really care. These projects have long been in the infrastructure needs for the Northern Rivers and I am guessing there will be a lot of happy community groups and businesses the day after Hogan's pre-Christmas give away.

While Hogan has knocked several projects off the list there are still a couple I'd like him to champion.

How about using some federal money to get the Casino to Murwillumbah rail trail back on track? Couple this with spending on public transport options for the Northern Rivers and it could be a winner.

The other outstanding infrastructure issue in our region is funding for Kyogle's ageing bridges.


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