BALLARAT business and community leaders will spend two days in Canberra this week highlighting important issues for the region.
The delegation includes members representing the City of Ballarat, Committee for Ballarat, University of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Health Services, Harwood Andrews and The Courier.
The delegation will travel to Canberra today, with a series of meetings with ministers and shadow ministers planned.
Delegate member and Committee for Ballarat chief executive John Kilgour highlighted the importance of such trips and the benefits of presenting as a united city.
“We are entering an exciting period for Ballarat and it is imperative that we are proactive and work together to ensure we continue to be a leader in regional Australia,” said Mr Kilgour.
City of Ballarat chief executive Anthony Schinck said it was critical that industry leaders worked together in engaging with the government to lobby for future opportunities for the region.
“We need to ensure Ballarat is prepared financially, structurally and socially for the projected population growth and we are committed to working on behalf of the community to ensure we secure government support for key projects and services,” Mr Schinck said.
Delegation organiser, Premier PR managing director Joanna Stevens, said the visit was a good opportunity for Ballarat’s business leaders to take a united approach in lobbying the government on issues and projects that will benefit the region.
“With Ballarat’s population at 95,000, and with an expected growth in our region over the next 15 years, it is imperative that relationships are forged with both sides of government to ensure we are well equipped to cater for this future growth,” she said.
“We will also be showcasing some of Ballarat’s local produce from SpringHill Farm, Mars, Ballarat Vignerons Society and Sovereign Hill.”