The Victorian Government last week announced $5.185 million of funding for three different Benalla projects.MONIQUE FREER May 7, 2014 3:55am
Plenty of people were celebrating across Benalla on Friday when the Victorian Government announced more than $5 million of funding for three different projects.
Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister Peter Ryan joined State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes to invest $5.185 million in the district, in what Dr Sykes said was a great day for Benalla.
“St Patrick’s Day is a great day for the Irish, today is a great day for Benalla,” Dr Sykes said at the announcements last Friday.
“I am over the moon.”
Benalla P-12 College received $5 million in yesterday’s state budget for its Education Regeneration Project, $110 000 was invested in the master plan at Benalla Airport and Bertalli’s Alpine Breads received $75 000 for its business expansion.
Dr Sykes said it was especially pleasing to receive funding for the Benalla Education Regeneration Project, as it was the fruition of several years of lobbying.
“We’ve had to fight for that share of the funding and it’s extremely pleasing that we’ve got the start and a commitment for continued funding,” he said.
“That’s about providing a better environment for our kids to learn, and education is the passport from poverty to prosperity.”
He said the broader community would also benefit from the potential for expansion that would be created by the Benalla Airport master plan, while Bertalli’s Alpine Breads’ funding would help create six new jobs.
For full coverage of the funding Benalla received, see this week’s Ensign.
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