Labor’s budget short changes Seymour
27 May 2019
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has vowed to keep fighting for funding for important local projects after the Andrews Labor Government inflicted devastating cuts on country Victoria in today’s horror state budget.
Labor’s city-centric budget has axed the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund which was set up by The Nationals in 2011, provided no funding for new trains on the north-east and Seymour lines and failed to fund the local projects for which the community has fought.
Today’s State Budget confirms the Andrews Government has no plan and no money for Regional Victoria.
“I had really hoped the Andrews Government would fund new trains to replace the old N class trains on the Seymour line in this year’s budget. It’s very disappointing to see that while they are pouring billions of dollars into city transport projects, there is not a dollar to replace those old trains and no money to improve the performance of our train service,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said the budget cuts to regional development would also hit local projects hard.
“Not only does this budget show the Andrews Government is sacking regional development staff through cuts to their day-to-day budget, but they have also gutted regional development funding by abolishing the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund that was set up by The Nationals.
“During our four years in government, that fund invested $500,000 into a redevelopment of Chittick Park, $300,000 into upgrading Goulburn River Park, and almost $250,000 into stage three of the Vietnam Veterans’ Walk. It also enabled Valley Park Farm to expand and employ more people.
“Without that funding, local projects and community groups are going to really struggle.”
Ms Ryan said the Andrews Government had also failed to provide any further funding to complete Seymour College or to upgrade Kings Park.
“Before the election both sides of politics said they would fund new classrooms at St Mary’s College. Labor has not delivered as much as we had planned for, nevertheless I’m pleased that the government has honoured that commitment in this budget.
“I am very disappointed, however, that there is no further funding to progress the rebuild of Seymour College and that Labor has short changed Seymour on its commitment to GOTAFE, promising $2.5 million before the election but funding just $800,000,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said there was no excuse for Labor to overlook country Victoria.
“Daniel Andrews has enjoyed record revenue in recent years but he has repeatedly failed to make a plan for investing in country Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.
The key priorities of the Euroa electorate were presented to the government ahead of the budget in a submission called Euroa Matters. The document was developed after extensive community consultation.