Budget blues for Heathcote bus travellers
04 May 2018
Heathcote will see no additional bus services between Heathcote and Bendigo under Labor, if the 2018-19 State Budget is anything to go by.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Daniel Andrews’ fourth budget, handed down this week, hits the hip pockets of Heathcote families and businesses hard, but offers them nothing in return.
“Daniel Andrews’ city-centric 2018-19 State Budget has overlooked Heathcote,” Ms Ryan said.
“I was disappointed there is no commitment to expanding Heathcote’s bus service in the Budget.
“For years I have been urging the Andrews Government to fund extra bus services between Heathcote and Bendigo.
“We have pushed the government to review the route but the time for consulting about additional bus services is over.
“The existing timetable of five buses running Monday to Friday doesn’t meet the community’s needs.”
Ms Ryan said she was also concerned by the extra fees and charges Daniel Andrews was levying on families.
“People are starting to really feel the pressure of living costs,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews has built his budget on a 35 per cent tax increase when households and businesses in Heathcote and surround areas are starting to feel the pinch.
“Labor is taking more money from people’s pay packets when many are struggling to manage household budgets.
“Under Labor, average household electricity bills are up by more than $300 a year, vehicle registration has increased 20 per cent, stamp duty has gone up by 60 per cent and land tax by 77 per cent.
“Meanwhile Daniel Andrews’ budget pours $25 billion into metro project blowouts and the region’s Labor MPs show no concern for the impact these decisions are having on local families.”