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Gippsland deserves a fair share this budget

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is fighting for Gippsland projects to be included in next week’s State Budget.

Mr O’Brien said he had worked hard with the community of Gippsland South to deliver some important projects funded by the State Government in recent years, but there was still much more to be done.

“The Andrews Labor Government is spending billions and billions of dollars on infrastructure projects in the city, but not enough is making its way to regional Victoria, particularly here in Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We have a number of important projects that I have been campaigning for for years which the government has continually turned its back on. There are others that have evolved and now need addressing and I’ve called on the State Government to fund these important projects.”

Mr O’Brien said these included planning money for a new single campus for Sale College, a replacement gymnasium at Mirboo North schools, new fire stations for Foster, Mirboo North and Yarram, as well as improvements to the South Gippsland Highway including stage 2 of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route.

He said there were other smaller projects around the electorate that needed funding such as the Agnes Falls cantilevered viewing platform and various sports club redevelopments.

“It was great last year to get $12 million funding for Korumburra Secondary College, but I’m still campaigning for the full rebuild of Foster Primary School which is an urgent need.

“Gippsland deserves a fair share of State Government spending and at the moment we are not getting it from this Labor Government.

“I’ve raised each and every one of these issues either in Parliament or directly with Ministers over recent times and I hope to see some of them addressed.

“More broadly we are also seeking additional rail services on the Gippsland line and some guarantee of funding to address housing shortages, particularly public housing, throughout the region.

“I am very aware that it’s more and more difficult for people to find somewhere to live – whether that’s renting or buying and the Government needs to be aware that this is an issue in regional areas just as much as it is in the city.

“We also need to see the rubber hit the road after the tabling of the Mental Health Royal Commission – the problems are clearly identified, but we now need funding for services in rural areas in Gippsland.”

The State Budget will be handed down next Thursday, May 20.

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