JOHN Cobb’s re-election means Orange’s state and federal representatives are both in power for the first time in 20 years.
But with millions in federal government money poured into the city over recent years, mayor John Davis believes it is unlikely to do any better than it already has.
“It’s great as a council to be working with both ... and continue the positive relationships,” he said.
“I’m not being negative but it’s highly unlikely that we could get any more than we had before ... we don’t underestimate the challenges in state and federal government finances.”
Although $4 million in federal funding for the Orange Regional Museum, pledged under the former government’s Regional Development Australia Fund, is uncertain now the Coalition have been elected, Cr Davis is confident Mr Cobb will speak out on Orange’s behalf.
“If anything they might change the grant’s function or the name of it,” he said.
“This went through due process like other projects throughout the region.
“I wouldn’t think there’d be a negative outcome.”
Likewise, he expects the Coalition to honour the previous government’s $4.7 million allocation to Electrolux and maybe even pour more money in to help save the plant - following the council’s lead and its pledge of $1.1 million over 10 years.
“If it’s not the same relationship of the previous government, it might even be better,” he said.
“I think the new government would be keen to look at things in a positive way and get things moving.
“To quote Tony Abbott: ‘Australia is open for business’ and that would relate to the museum and Electrolux.”
Mr Cobb will join his Nationals colleague, member for Orange Andrew Gee, in representing Orange.
The last time Orange’s state and federal members were in government was 1993 when Labor’s David Simmons was the member for Calare under Prime Minister Paul Keating and the National Party’s Garry West was the member for Orange under Premier John Fahey.