2015 Euroa State Budget Report
05 May 2015
Over the past month I have actively sought feedback from residents across the Euroa electorate on what they would like to see prioritised in the 2015 State Budget. This report summarises the information I have received through both formal and informal channels.
This has included listening posts in various towns throughout the Euroa electorate including Benalla, Euroa, Heathcote, Kilmore, Murchison, Nagambie and Seymour. Residents were also invited to provide feedback in writing via mail or by email, as well as through my website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, National Party members from the Euroa electorate met for a roundtable discussion to provide their input. I spoke to an estimated 150 individuals formally throughout these consultations and many more on my day-to-day travels around the electorate.
This report is not exhaustive, but it is designed to provide Premier Daniel Andrews and the new Labor Government with an understanding of the main issues affecting the Euroa elecorate.
There is a deep level of concern among people throughout Euroa about the state of country roads. This has been exacerbated by the government’s decision to axe the Country Roads and Bridges Program, put in place by the former Coalition Government. The program provided small rural councils including Mitchell, Strathbogie and Benalla, with $1 million each year to help maintain their vast networks of roads and bridges. Many residents questioned the government’s decision to pay $640 million to not build East West Link and listed local projects for which that money could have been used.
Healthcare also rated very highly as a concern. Specifically, the co-location of Rushworth’s Waranga Hospital, the need for a permanent ambulance presence at Nagambie and the provision of publically funded hospital beds to ensure residents within Strathbogie Shire do not have to travel long distances to access public healthcare were raised as urgent priorities.
I want to thank all residents who took the time to have input into this process over the past month through the roundtable and many listening posts, emails and conversations.
As the Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, I will continue to advocate for these issues on behalf of our communities.