Euroa’s priorities outlined ahead of Budget
05 May 2015
Improvements to roads, healthcare and schools are the top priorities of residents across the Euroa electorate ahead of this year's State Budget.
Those were the findings of consultation undertaken by Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan.
Ms Ryan will present a report to Parliament next week outlining the electorate's priorities following an extensive consultation process.
“Over the past month I have spoken with hundreds of residents in towns throughout the electorate including Benalla, Euroa, Heathcote, Kilmore, Murchison, Nagambie and Seymour to find out what the priorities are for the State Budget,” Ms Ryan said.
"People are particularly concerned by Daniel Andrews' decision to cut funding for country roads while he is simultaneously paying $640 million to not build East West Link.
"There's a very strong feeling among residents that Labor is pouring money down the drain; money which should be used to fund vital infrastructure."
Ms Ryan said other common concerns included the need for better public transport and funding for local infrastructure and community and sporting facilities.
“Mental health and ice were also raised with me as issues in need of more attention," Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said she would be making a strong case in Parliament for Labor to fund the priority projects of the Euroa electorate which included:
- Benalla P-12 and Seymour P-12 College regenerations
- Publically funded hospital beds for Strathbogie Shire
- Co-location of Rushworth's Waranga Hospital and aged care services
- Ambulance services for Nagambie and Rushworth
- Reinstatement of funding to local councils to maintain country roads and bridges
- Regeneration of Seymour’s Kings Park and adjoining playgroup
- Revitalisation of Kilmore’s main street
- Additional train services on the Shepparton and Albury rail lines
“The first six months of Daniel Andrews' government shows an alarming trend towards focusing on the needs of Melbourne-based voters.
"Labor axed the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund as well as funding for country roads and bridges and country football and netball.
"Daniel Andrews must show he plans to govern for all Victorians, not just city voters,” Ms Ryan said.