Dental lab funds in limbo

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Four million dollars in Federal Government funding for a dental prosthetics lab in Churchill remains uncertain, but Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he was “hopeful of a positive result”.

The project was among those announced by former Regional Australia Minister Catherine King earlier this year, but not signed off on before the change of government.

“It’s an important initiative for this region, and I am pursuing options both at state and federal governments to secure the funding required,” Mr Chester said.

“The problem has been the money which was claimed to have been set aside simply doesn’t exist, and we have been in discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister’s office this week and we are hopeful that we’ll get a positive result.”

The lab is an initiative by Latrobe Community Health Service.

LCHS chief executive Ben Leigh said earlier last week, the project was ‘shovel ready’ to begin construction within 24 weeks.

Mr Chester said this was something he was emphasising with relevant ministers.