While voters in Eden Monaro patiently wait for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to declare the seat, Liberal candidate Peter Hendy has restated a commitment of $10 million towards the Eden Port redevelopment project.
This is in spite of the Abbott government’s announcement to axe the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), from which the proposal had previously been successful in its grant application.
Speaking to the News Weekly, Mr Hendy said that the pre-election promise of $10 million “has been allocated, irrespective of RDAF.”
So far there has been no formal announcement from the newly restructured Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (formerly Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport), nor from its Minister Warren Truss, regarding the project, nor any of the other outstanding RDAF grants, but a spokesperson for the minister said that the new government is “not beholden” to any RDAF grants that had not been contracted before the election.
At the time of going to press, the News Weekly was waiting for a response from Mr Truss’s office regarding the future for un-contracted RDA grants and for further information about the potential replacement for the RDAF.