THE Mitchell Shire community has successfully rallied behind the mental health and freeway advocacy campaign. More than 1000 emails and postcards were sent to federal election candidates in the lead-up to Saturday’s federal election, across McEwen, Nicholls and Bendigo.
Developed by Mitchell Shire Council, the campaign calls for federal funding commitments to local mental health services and the Wallan freeway interchange. Council has attended markets, events and vox pops across the shire since the campaign launched in early April.
Mitchell Shire mayor Bill Chisholm thanked the community for their support.
“On behalf of my fellow councillors, I’d like to say thank you for getting behind the campaign,” he said.
“Community members right across the shire have taken the time to add their voice and let candidates know that mental health and the freeway ramps matter to them.
“We’ve had a great response and I look forward to working with whoever ends up representing us to get action on these priorities.’’
He added: “Mitchell Shire is growing, and it’s growing fast. These projects will change the face of our shire for generations to come.
“By working in partnership across local, state and federal governments we can make a difference to thousands of people every day.
“I’d like to thank the candidates who have been offered their support and taken the time to meet with us.
“I’d also like to thank our Youth Council members who have been very active throughout this campaign.”
Successful candidates for the federal seats of McEwen, Nicholls and Bendigo were Rob Mitchell (Labor), Damian Drum (the Nationals) and Lisa Chesters (Labor) respectively.