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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg Shire returns to Great South Coast Group

12 October 2018

A stronger voice for regional development will be heard with Glenelg Shire Council returning to the region’s key advocacy body.

Council unanimously accepted an invitation to re-join the Great South Coast group at last month’s Ordinary Council Meeting. Council had previously withdrawn from the group, which includes shire’s of the south west, in 2016 due to governance matters which have since been addressed.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said it was important the region had “a united voice” when advocating on matters of state and federal significance.

“In the lead up to the state and federal elections, there is no more opportune time to advocate for our priority projects and secure the necessary funding to help our shire, and indeed the broader region, continue to grow and succeed,” she said.

“Re-joining the Great South Coast Group will ensure our council is part of the broader discussions for our region and can initiate action on major projects and initiatives for the south-west.

“We look forward to partnering with our neighbouring councils and collectively facilitate sustainable growth and development across the region, focusing on decentralisation, support for small business, funding for key freight routes, an investment in other capital projects to grow our region.”

Chair of the Great South Coast Group Mayor Cr. Mary-Ann Brown welcomed Glenelg Shire back to the group.

"It is a great pleasure to welcome the Glenelg Shire Council back to the Great South Coast Group alliance. We look forward to working with them [Glenelg Shire Council] on our advocacy efforts for the Great South Coast Region,” she said.

The Great South Coast Group is a regional collaboration of councils in the south west of Victoria with the current four members being Southern Grampians Shire, Warrnambool City, Moyne Shire and Corangamite Shire. The group provides the forum and mechanisms for regional issues or opportunities to be identified and for regional decision-making, grant seeking and advocacy.

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