29 Mar 2017
An all-female delegation consisting of Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh and Justine Linley, CEO, from the City of Ballarat, and Janet Dore, Chair, and Melanie Robertson, CEO, of Committee for Ballarat travelled to Canberra in the last week of March to lobby the federal government regarding a number of key projects in the lead-up to the Budget .
These projects were for the duplication of the Ballarat rail line, the establishment of Ballarat as a key transport hub for western Victoria, and the development of a centre for renewable energy excellence, in partnership with Federation University Australia, for the Asia–Pacific region.
In The Courier on 29 Marc h 2017, Ms Dore said the delegation met Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and other ministers to discuss the investment needed to "put Ballarat on the map".
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