The Jetty Foreshores uprgade could face stiff funding competition from Western Sydney developments.
The Jetty Foreshores uprgade could face stiff funding competition from Western Sydney developments.

Western Sydney could win Jetty Foreshores funding

THE next big step for the Jetty4Shores project is to secure government funding to pay for the first stage of the revitalisation.

Securing such funding was made more difficult this week when the Gillard Government announced it was working on a memorandum of understanding with the NSW Government to form a new Regional Development Australia committee for greater western Sydney.

Hardly an area most would consider regional.

Local federal member Luke Hartsuyker is one of several regional MPs to have hit out at the possibility RDA funding could be heading straight for western Sydney.

Mr Hartsuyker suggests the announcement is simply an obvious attempt to win votes while making it harder for country communities to receive much needed infrastructure funding.

"Community focused bodies right across the North Coast have invested a lot time and effort in submitting credible funding applications," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"They will understandably feel betrayed by federal Labor which is more focused on itself rather than delivering good government."

Coffs Harbour was invited to apply for a share of the $175 million in the fourth round of funding grants expected to be in July.

"The Gillard Government's decision to divert funds from the Regional Development Australia Fund to western Sydney again highlights the lack of integrity of this government," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"To allow western Sydney access to these funds is simply a part of Labor's political agenda to save its own hide and regional Australia is going to pay the price."



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