Mayor and CEO head to Canberra

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin and chief executive officer Justine Linley will be part of a delegation of the Central Highlands Mayors and CEOs that travel to Canberra this month.

The Central Highlands Mayors and CEOs forum comprises eight municipalities in the central west of Victoria. Northern Grampians Shire Council is a member of the forum.

Council's Chief Executive Officer Justine Linley said the forum seeks to improve the social and economic viability of the shire by helping to develop the local economy and increase diversity of industry in the shire.

"In the lead up to the 2014/15 Federal Budget and policy discussions, the forum has outlined an advocacy campaign directed at securing funding and support for projects and activities of direct relevance and benefit to communities and businesses in our region," she said.

A small delegation has been planned for March 2014 to Canberra to promote and seek support for projects including the Western Highway Duplication and safety improvements, Mobile Telecommunications, the Stawell post-mining development projects and major infrastructure projects.

Northern Grampians Shire Council has been a member of the Central Highlands Mayors and CEOs forum for several years.

"The benefits of a regional approach to significant infrastructure projects and the ability to leverage support leading to major funding cannot be underestimated," Ms Linley said.

"The advocacy work of the forum has led to funding for the first stages of duplication of the Western Highway and federal funding for projects such as the Halls Gap Tourism and Community Hub."

Council has a travel policy where any interstate or overseas travel to be undertaken by councillors, including the mayor, must be approved by a resolution of council.

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