Two Benalla projects ticked off but taxes up and up
20 May 2021
Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan says today’s State Budget has delivered a mixed bag for Benalla, with funding for two important projects overshadowed by a huge increase in taxes.
“I am delighted that the community’s advocacy to rebuild Benalla’s police station has finally paid dividends and we can tick a new police station off the priority list,” Ms Ryan said.
“This upgrade cannot come soon enough for our local police. I’ve been beating the drum on it for the last seven years to get it to the top of the priority list.
“The Nationals pledged to rebuild the station at the last two state elections, so it’s not before time that the state Labor government got on board.”
Ms Ryan said Tomorrow Today had also received $1 million to continue its work supporting Benalla families and young people for the next two years.
“The team at Tomorrow Today deserves so much credit for the amazing work they are doing. I have been pleased to support their efforts by putting their case for additional funding to government.
“Last month I met with the state Treasurer to highlight how important their programs are in Benalla.”
But the news is not all rosy, with the state Labor Government failing to deliver any plan for COVID recovery, big cuts to the funding of core services and a huge increase in taxes.
“Labor is levying an extra $5.8 billion in taxes while the cost overruns and waste on the government’s is eyewatering. The West Gate Tunnel and Melbourne Metro alone have blown out by $6 billion,” Ms Ryan said.
“In a nutshell we are all paying more but receiving less in the way of services. Labor doesn’t have a plan for helping small businesses who have borne the brunt of the government’s lockdowns recover from COVID.”
Ms Ryan said she was also disappointed that locally the government hadn’t provided the funding needed to finish the regeneration of Benalla College.
“I will keep fighting to see the school finished, as was originally promised when the community agreed to merge schools almost 15 years ago.”
Photo caption: Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan in State Parliament