Communities to grow under a re-elected Coalition
24 October 2014
Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan has welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment, if re-elected, to create a $120 million fund to support growth area municipalities with their infrastructure needs.
Ms Ryan said the $120 million Growing Melbourne Package was announced by the Premier yesterday and would provide funding to communities and councils, such as Mitchell Shire, to help them build for growth.
“Mitchell Shire Council faces a significant challenge in providing the community infrastructure needed in the municipality’s southern metropolitan growth area to cater for its rapid population growth, while still undertaking all its existing projects,” Ms Ryan said.
“While it is fantastic that there are so many people moving to this beautiful part of the state, catering for this population boom has a flow-on impact on the levels of council investment available across the remainder of the shire.
“The Growing Melbourne Package under a re-elected Coalition Government will help councils and communities in the growth areas like Mitchell Shire to fill gaps in infrastructure and ensure they remain vibrant, productive and attractive places to live.
“This includes projects that help to create a sense of civic pride, identity and improved community safety. It might be new community halls, pedestrian crossings, connecting paths and lighting projects for public spaces such as car parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.
“The Growing Melbourne Package will also place downward pressure on rates by helping shires fund council infrastructure.
“This new investment is of course in addition to – not replacing – the government’s existing commitment to deliver core state infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, police stations, roads, bridges and railways.”
Ms Ryan said the former Labor Government failed to plan effectively for population growth in the councils on the metropolitan-rural interface and ignored the physical and social infrastructure needs of these rapidly growing communities.
“Labor represents an ongoing threat to Victoria’s growth councils as their rate capping policy at CPI commencing 2015-16 would cost the interface councils, which includes Mitchell Shire, more than $296 million in lost revenue over the first three years,” Ms Ryan said.