Gippsland must not be neglected in State Budget

The Andrews Labor Government is being called on to ensure it delivers economic stimulus and infrastructure spending right across the state, including in Gippsland.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the State Budget will be brought down next Tuesday (November 24), but the bulk of the announcements already made have been big spending in Melbourne such as for the Suburban Rail Loop.

“Gippsland has been through a tough year like everyone else from the COVID pandemic, but we’ve also suffered from the bushfires and the massive loss of tourism dollars that resulted in January and February,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Gippsland South must not be ignored by the Andrews Labor Government and there are key projects that should be funded in the budget next week.

“We need to formally see the funding allocation for the Princes Highway duplication to Sale as well as new funds for the South Gippsland Highway, in particular the realignment of the Coal Creek bends at Korumburra.

“I’ve also been campaigning for upgrades of Meeniyan-Promontory Road and Foster-Promontory Road and other key arterials in the electorate.

“From an education prospective the Government has talked a big game but all its capital spending has been in growth areas and Melbourne with little allocated to country Victoria.

“I continue to advocate to complete the rebuilds of Korumburra Secondary College and Foster Primary School and I’m hopeful that the Minister for Education will allocate funding for planning of a consolidation of Sale College on to one campus.”

Mr O’Brien said he has been frustrated at the lack of funding for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and that money should be made available for new stations at Foster, Mirboo North, Yarram and Winnindoo.

“It’s extraordinary that our fire services are now costing us significantly more and yet in the country we seem to be getting less service as far as spending on the CFA goes.

“It’s time these outdated stations were replaced and our volunteers’ needs considered.”

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals and Liberals had outlined an extensive rebuilding plan in the Back to Work, Back in Business policy document which includes programs such as a $400 million tourism investment and promotion program and a significant decentralisation agenda.

“The Government should commit to this to help rebuild our state in a more balanced way and promote growth and investment in regional Victoria.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is seeking planning funding for the consolidation of Sale College onto one site in the State Budget.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is seeking funding for the realignment of the Coal Creek bends on the South Gippsland Highway at Korumburra.


17 November 2020

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