Seven months of silence on Futures Fund

The next week will mark seven months since the last announcement of a grant from the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund.
 
Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the Riverland community was tired of waiting on Minister Gago’s convenience.

The next week will mark seven months since the last announcement of a grant from the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund.
 
Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the Riverland community was tired of waiting on Minister Gago’s convenience.
 
“This community welcomed the commitment of $20 million to restore the local economy, but the process has been handled very poorly from day one,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“It took over a year into the funding period before the first grant was announced. Midway through the funding period the rules for applying were changed and many people missed their opportunity to apply.
 
“Since applications closed in June this year – with about $10 million remaining in the fund – there has been no firm commitment from the Minister about what will happen with the remaining money.
 
“Since 17 May there has been no announcement of new funding. Riverland businesses are tired of waiting on the Minister, with two already indicating they have no choice but to go ahead with their plans regardless of whether or not their applications are successful.
 
“No matter how many times the Opposition or Riverland media have asked the Minister what’s going on, the result is the same – nothing from the Minister.
 
“The Weatherill Labor Government needs to appreciate that this delay is creating further uncertainty in a region that is already fatigued after years of drought and a drawn out Murray-Darling Basin water reform process.”

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