Pick My Project more like a lottery quick pick
03 September 2018
The Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project program is like a lottery quick pick.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the odds were stacked against smaller communities forced to compete with larger regional centres for funding.
“I think it’s great that communities have a way of directly submitting their ideas for funding but the program hasn’t been well thought through,” Ms Ryan said.
“The government hasn’t been able to explain how small communities like Violet Town and Euroa are supposed to attract more votes when they are in direct competition with larger regional centres like Shepparton.
“Community groups have gone to great lengths to do the groundwork on proposals, but I’m worried they have little chance of getting a look in when the government has allocated only $1 million to the entire Goulburn region.
“I understand that at least half of that money is earmarked for projects in Shepparton which leaves just $500,000 to be distributed between Strathbogie, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Moira shires.
“The Andrews Government is using this as a marketing exercise, building up people’s expectations when very little money has been put behind the program.”
Ms Ryan said almost $15 million worth of projects had been submitted in the Goulburn partnership region alone.
Last week the Andrews Government was forced to amend the voting process which required people to enter their full name, email address and mobile phone number before they could vote.
“Families with only one email address were unable to register more than one vote. It also prevents older people who don’t have an email address from having their say,” Ms Ryan said.
“Requiring people to enter personal information in order to be able to vote raises questions about what Labor plans to do with that data.
“Daniel Andrews should explain what security measures are in place to stop Labor MPs from using the personal details of voters harvested through Pick My Project for campaigning in the coming state election,” Ms Ryan said.