Budget a test for Labor credentials
This week’s State Budget will be the first test of whether Labor has a genuine commitment to Gippsland, according to The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien.
Mr O’Brien said there were a number of projects outstanding in Gippsland South that required attention and he urged the Labor Government to ensure they were funded in the budget.
“Credit where due and I am pleased to support the Labor Government’s decision to provide funding to complete the Sale Specialist School as announced a couple of weeks ago. However that is a small part of the needs of Gippsland South and there is plenty more work to be done,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I welcome the Sale Specialist School announcement and look forward to seeing it formally in the budget papers and I would also welcome funding for a number of other projects.”
Mr O’Brien said projects on the Gippsland South wish list include:
- Rebuild of the Korumburra Secondary College;
- Completion of the Leongatha Secondary College rebuild;
- A commitment to ongoing funding for the Macalister Irrigation District 2030 project
- Increased funding for road works;
- Funding for the Northern Towns Water Project covering Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora;
- Confirmation of the existing funding allocation for Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty rebuild;
- Funding for dredging of the channel at the Toora Boat Ramp; and
- Funding for the pedestrian bridge over Bruthen Creek at Woodside.
Mr O’Brien said these were all projects that were either started or committed to by The Nationals in Government and remain worthy of funding.
“Labor says it represents all Victorians and this Budget is the opportunity for it to prove whether or not that is the case. Given that Labor made no commitments during the election campaign to Gippsland South and didn’t even bother to show up during the by-election this is a real opportunity for Labor to show that it’s serious about supporting Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Regardless of the outcome in this week’s budget, I will be pursing all of these projects and many more with the new government over coming months.
“I want to ensure Gippsland South has a strong voice and I will use that voice in the Parliament to ensure we get our fair share.”