Premier urged to make lake cash splash

Premier urged to make lake cash splash

Premier Peter Malinauskas is set to be lobbied face-to-face by Wattle Range Council in a bid to secure State Government funding towards the anticipated blow-out of costs of refurbishing the Millicent swimming lake.

The likely cost has not yet been mentioned in the public domain but is rumoured to be well into the seven figures.

Councillor John Drew won support at the April monthly council meeting to send a delegation to the capital city to see the Premier.

It is likely to comprise Mayor Des Noll, council chief executive Ben Gower and Independent MacKillop MP Nick McBride.

Cr Drew said he had been prompted to seek action after hearing of major State Government grants recently announced by Premier Malinauskas for Adelaide and the Barossa Valley.

He said he would not mention an amount of funds the council should seek from the Premier.

“It must be a significant grant and we must go and see him,” Cr Drew said.

There were four speakers who spoke in favour of council unashamedly seeking monies via Premier Malinauskas.

“The State Government is throwing money around,” Cr Chris Brodie said.

“Our local MP Nick McBride is flavour of the month,” Cr David Walshaw added.

Mayor Des Noll indicated his willingness to be a part of the delegation to see the Premier.

“A letter to Mr Malinauskas will not cut it,” Mayor Noll said.

Deputy Mayor Cr Peter Dunnicliff said he had recently read of a $62m State Government grant to the Marion Aquatic Centre in suburban Adelaide.

“It makes our request for funds for the Millicent swimming lake look small,” Mayor Noll said said.

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