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Feb

Lovell call for funding for ConnectGV redevelopment

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has used the first sitting of Parliament in 2019 to reiterate calls for State Government funding of the redevelopment of Connect GV in Shepparton.

Speaking during the adjournment debate in the Legislative Council last week, Ms Lovell said it was time the Andrews Labor Government supported ConnectGV and contribute $2 million towards the $5 million project.

ConnectGV has been operating since 1954 and is the largest disability service provider in the Goulburn Valley. The current day activities facility at 11 Bowenhall St Shepparton is in such a deteriorated condition it is unsafe to use for both clients and staff.

Directing her contribution to the new Minister for Disability Luke Donnellan, Ms Lovell highlighted problems such as wall separation and a dropped floor throughout the facility that currently make it impossible for ConnectGV to deliver the services clients need.

Prior to the State Election, the Liberal Coalition committed $2 million towards the $5 million redevelopment of ConnectGV, delivering a contemporary, fit-for-purpose building delivering all programs on one site.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell:

“I have raised this issue many times in State Parliament, seeking a funding commitment from former Minister for Disability Martin Foley towards the ConnectGV redevelopment

“Despite all attempts the Andrews Labor Government continues to ignore ConnectGV and their clients.

“I once again call on the new Minister Luke Donnellan to listen to the needs of ConnectGV to deliver a quality disability service and urge him to commit funding to this worthwhile project.”

ENDS

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly        0413 103 240        jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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