Connect GV waits for funds

By James Bennett

The right funding stream is all that’s needed for ConnectGV to receive its promised $2 million from the Federal Government.

Just weeks before retaining power in May, the Coalition pledged the boost for the disability service provider as part of proposed works costing $5million.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said ConnectGV could officially receive its money in two weeks but there were complexities the government must go through.

‘‘As an incumbent government we made a range of funding commitments now we have to go back and ensure they’re delivered through a project,’’ Mr Drum said.

‘‘We might have promised money for a school, roundabout, disability facility or phone tower all in different locations. Each of those projects will find itself into an appropriate stream of funding.

‘‘However, we received a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office on Monday, effectively saying we will understand the process in two weeks,’’ Mr Drum said.

The ConnectGV building has endured structural issues in recent years including floor sinking, and areas aged and outdated.

The $5million is expected to upgrade the facilities to help it expand and remain competitive within the NDIS market. ConnectGV has raised the remaining $3million.

Mr Drum said the government had considered ConnectGV’s position to start work soon.

‘‘We’ve had these conversations with ConnectGV so they’re fully aware the government is searching for the right funding stream.

‘‘The big thing for ConnectGV is the timeline. Unlike other projects, they’re very keen to start because they have a large chunk of the money themselves,’’ Mr Drum said.