State Budget 2017 - Seymour
03 May 2017
The entire Seymour district has received less from the 2017-18 State Budget than the $76,000 leave pass handed to rorting Labor MP Don Nardella.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Daniel Andrews had forgiven the MP’s debt, allowing him to repay just half of the money he rorted after he listed an address in a caravan park as his primary residence and claimed $174,000 of taxpayers’ money.
“Don Nardella got $76,000 from this Budget while the entire Seymour district didn’t get a cracker,” Ms Ryan said.
“This is a Melbourne budget, not a Victorian budget. While Daniel Andrews hikes our taxes, we are getting nothing in return.”
Ms Ryan said for the third year in a row, the Andrews Labor Government had ignored the dire need for funding for Seymour P-12 College.
“The budget contains no funding to complete the rebuild of Seymour P-12 College,” Ms Ryan said.
“The school is still in limbo while it waits for the funding needed to complete its redevelopment.
“Spending on schools across rural and regional Victoria has been slashed by $87 million.
“There was also no new money for local sporting projects such as Kings Park or the Broadford CFA station.
The budget also confirmed Labor had little to no interest in investing in the Seymour train line.
Ms Ryan said the news was a blow after Labor MPs claimed they were ‘doing their bit’ for regional commuters.
“On Sunday, Daniel Andrews announced a grand $1.45 billion regional rail package, but then handed the entire bill to the Federal Government,” Ms Ryan said.
“Even when trying to spend someone else’s money the Premier appears to have forgotten Seymour.”
Ms Ryan said Daniel Andrews’ and Jacinta Allan’s ‘announce first, ask questions later’ approach misled Seymour commuters.
“Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan spent a lot of time in the lead up to the Budget saying they were ready to invest in regional rail but budget day has come and gone and there is no money for rolling stock,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said Daniel Andrews had also introduced 10 new taxes, despite promising he wouldn’t add any new taxes.
“While Don Nardella gets to repay half of the money he stole from taxpayers at a zero percent interest rate, we will pay more for stamp duty, motor vehicle registration and council rates,” Ms Ryan said.