WIMMERA leaders are fighting for resources at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra this week.

Horsham Rural City, Yarriambiack Shire, Hindmarsh Shire, Northern Grampians Shire and Ararat Rural City are all represented.

West Wimmera Shire Council chief executive Mark Crouch and Mayor Eveline van Breugel are not attending because the assembly coincides with a council meeting and end of financial year planning.

Hindmarsh Shire chief executive Dean Miller said the councils were campaigning for four regional issues.

He said money was needed to duplicate the Western Highway to the South Australian border and for a better system of weather forecasting in the Wimmera to boost the region’s economy.

“There also needs to be a review of Regional Development Australia funding classifications, because the region is missing out,” Mr Miller said.

He said Horsham Rural City and Northern Grampians in particular were pushing for infrastructure money to support tourism, which would benefit the whole region.

Northern Grampians chief executive Justine Linley said the council had discussed infrastructure in the Grampians, in particular a Grampians Way tourism route.

She said planning for natural disasters was also high on the list of concerns.

“We have also expressed disappointment on missing out on money for the Halls Gap Community and Tourism Hub,’’ she said.

Ararat Rural City chief executive Andrew Evans said the council wanted $2 million for the Ararat and Beaufort bypass studies to create economic certainty.

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