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Labor’s Budget a slap in the face for Euroa electorate

06 May 2015

Labor has abandoned the needs of the Euroa electorate and people living in rural and regional Victoria in its first
Budget, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.

Ms Ryan said Euroa had received funding for just two projects in the Budget: Stage 2 of the Euroa saleyards and the Bendigo-Kilmore rail trail.

“This Budget has confirmed my fear that Labor plans to govern only for Melbourne. The vast majority of regional Victoria has been abandoned,” Ms Ryan said.

“Vital money for education, healthcare, roads, community infrastructure and regional rail has been redirected to Melbourne based projects.

“Not only has Labor scrapped the Country Roads and Bridges program, which provided local councils with $40
million each year, it is also slashing the roads asset management budget by almost 10 per cent.

“Not one of the 21 VLocity carriages that Labor announced for regional Victoria with great fanfare last week will be put on the north-east or the Shepparton lines. All of them have been earmarked for Geelong.”

Ms Ryan said Daniel Andrews had not allocated a dollar to health or education across the Euroa electorate.

“Labor has refused to fund the Benalla and Seymour College regeneration projects, the co-location of Rushworth Hospital, public hospital beds for Strathbogie Shire, a new station for Broadford CFA or an ambulance service and
paramedics for Nagambie.

“There is no money for community infrastructure works such as Seymour’s Kings Park upgrade, the Stanhope Community Hub Proposal, the revitalisation of Kilmore’s Sydney Street or the Girgarre Botanical Gardens.

“In addition, a number of funding programs specifically for rural Victoria have been cut completely including the Regional Growth Fund, Local Government Infrastructure Fund, Putting Locals First Fund, Country Football Netball grants
and the Wild Dog bounty.

“Daniel Andrews has proven that he is not governing for all Victorians but instead only those who live in Melbourne,” Ms Ryan said.

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