Melbourne Labor’s Budget – taxing more, giving Gippsland less
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Gippslanders faced higher taxes in today’s State Budget, but were getting less.
Mr O’Brien said he was disappointed that key projects he had been campaigning for in Gippsland had been overlooked and the much needed Gippsland rail line upgrade ignores Sale train users and relies entirely on Federal funding.
“Breaking a key election promise, Daniel Andrews has today revealed a budget of higher taxes for Gippsland families, but delivers less,” Mr O’Brien said.
“In Gippsland South, this means people are paying more, but Daniel Andrews isn’t delivering the services or jobs we need, including programs that will help make our state safe again.
“There is no funding to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale and no reinstatement of the Country Roads and Bridges Program to fix our roads. There is also no mention of the $5 million Daniel Andrews needs to provide to match Federal funding for the Hyland Highway.
“There is no funding or action on a new Sale campus for Federation Training which the community has been campaigning on for over 10 years now.
“Likewise Labor has made no allocation for new fire stations at Yarram, Mirboo North and Foster.
“Stage two of the Korumburra Secondary College rebuild has again been overlooked and Daniel Andrews has ignored calls for a new Foster Primary School. Labor has actually slashed $87 million from rural and regional schools spending in Victoria in this budget.”
Mr O’Brien said the Budget also lacked any mention of new train stabling at Sale, to meet growing demand.
“With train stabling at Sale, some of the Traralgon services could begin and end at Sale at little ongoing cost. I am mystified as to why the government has not included it in the rail plans,” Mr O’Brien said.
The Budget confirms funding to match a Commonwealth commitment to the realignment of the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway and also delivers funding for upgrades at Seaspray and Cobains primary schools. There are also minor funding announcements for the Princes Highway roundabout at Rosedale, but even this is funded by the Commonwealth.