Lobbyists present wish list

Local government leaders during the Tri-Cities visit to Canberra.
Local government leaders during the Tri-Cities visit to Canberra.

Mayors and chief executives from the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo and Stirling visited Canberra last month for their second Tri-Cities advocacy trip.

Moore MHR Ian Goodenough said they met with staff from Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss� office to lobby for funding for the three projects.

�As there are more than 600 local governments across Australia, federal ministers can sometimes get overwhelmed by the sheer number of funding applications,� he said.

�West Australian local governments also have the challenge of distance from Canberra and less political representation than more populous states.�

Mr Goodenough said the Tri-Cities alliance represented more than 30 per cent of Perth�s population, giving them more profile as a region and more bargaining power.

He said they also screened a promotional development video and gave speeches to a group of six WA MPs on August 19.