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Kotvojs to McBain: Play with a straight bat. Don’t play cheap politics

The Beagle Editor,

I am disappointed to see Kristy McBain already starting to ‘play politics’ by distorting the truth and making claims she knows are false. We in Eden-Monaro are included in the Regional Recovery Partnerships despite her suggestions that we have missed out because we have a Labor MP.

The $100 million the Liberal/National Government announced to support recovery and growth in 10 regions across Australia (three in NSW) included one region in Eden-Monaro. The regions were selected from the five Special Activation Precincts in the State. Two of the three regions in NSW that will receive this funding are Labor seats, including our own. This shows that the Liberal/National Government is being objective in the allocation of these funds. 

Eden-Monaro will receive $10 million, 1/3 of the $30 million funding that will come to the whole of NSW from this package. This again shows that the Liberal/National Government is not politicising the allocation of these funds, unlike Kristy McBain. 

It is a pity she didn’t mention that in addition to the new funding under the Regional Recovery Partnerships program, Eden-Monaro is receiving $1.6 billion of other funding from the Federal Government from a range of other existing programs. There is already almost $160m of bushfire relief paid or committed, plus funding for COVID relief and more coming.

The announcement of Eden-Monaro’s inclusion in the Regional Recovery Partnerships program also said that there will be more funding coming this year to support recovery in regions. This includes funding for those highly dependent on tourism and additional funding under the Building Better Regions program. The Councils that I spoke with anticipate additional funding coming to Eden-Monaro under these programs.

Kristy also knows that every commitment that I made in the 2019 General Election has been honoured by the Liberal/National Government despite Labor’s Mike Kelly being elected as the local Member.

I say to Kristy, that if Councils and I know from reading publicly available material that 1/3 of the funds from the Regional Recovery Partnerships are coming to this electorate, you do too. Play with a straight bat. Don’t play cheap politics.

Dr Fiona Kotvojs GAICD

Dignams Ck

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