Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum believes the recent federal budget will have plenty of positive implications for the Cobram region.
Mr Drum’s budget tour took him to towns across the Murray electorate earlier this month, meeting with people to discuss the budget.
After travelling from Echuca, he met with business owners in Cobram, as well as Moira Shire Council and Bluebird Early Education Centre to discuss early childhood education funding.
One of the major wins for the Cobram region was $10million in funding for the start of work this financial year on the Murray Valley Hwy from Echuca to Yarrawonga.
Mr Drum said he was excited to see where developments in the region could go — for example, roads funding leading to freight transport infrastructure.
‘‘I’d be keen to support something where an investment in road infrastructure is going to encourage development, not just in the short term but also to be a stimulus for the economy,” he said.
‘‘I think that would be a great opportunity for Moira Shire.’’
Mr Drum said the region could also benefit from the funding announced for an inland rail project, despite it set to run further east of the region through Albury-Wodonga.
He said it would provide a significant opportunity for local businesses, especially producers, to access the east coast of Australia and the Port of Melbourne, especially if the region could be linked in to the line.
He also said he would like to see a study done on transport options in the region, including the Shepparton airport.