May Budget must deliver new trains and public beds
24 April 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to provide public beds for Euroa Health and new trains for the north east line in next week’s State budget.
“I have been lobbying the Andrews Labor Government to fund beds in Euroa since the 2014 state election”, Ms Ryan said.
“The Euroa community has invested heavily in the hospital over the years through fundraising and public donations yet we are receiving a lower level of service from the Andrews Government simply because the hospital is not-for-profit and has evolved from a bush nursing model.
“It is wrong that Euroa residents are being forced to travel 50kms to Shepparton, away from their family and friends because they can’t afford private health insurance when a first class facility exists in Euroa.
“If Daniel Andrews can afford to spend $270 million in this year’s State Budget on building a new 5000 seat stadium in Melbourne, he can afford the small amount of funding Euroa is asking for to ensure residents can receive treatment at our local hospital.”
Ms Ryan said funding to enable residents without private health insurances to access the hospital would help ease the pressure on the local ambulance, which is often forced to transfer Euroa residents to Shepparton for treatment due to a lack of public transport and the Labor Government refuses to provide Euroa Health with funding to admit public patients.
Ms Ryan has also called on the Andrews Government to fund new trains for the north-east line in the State Budget.
“We will continue to see delayed and cancelled trains until the Andrews Government invests in new trains for the north-east line,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Minister is happy to talk about ‘massive investment’ into regional rail elsewhere in the state but doesn’t have much to say when asked about new trains for the north east.
“Even Labor’s Upper House Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has said publically she wants ‘more trains and better trains’ for the line.
“The Andrews Government cannot keep turning a blind eye to the needs of country Victorians. It is time this city-centric government delivered for all, not just Melbourne.”