The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell used last week’s sitting of State Parliament, the last before a Government imposed six-week recess, to advocate for funding of several projects and services in the Shepparton electorate.
In what was a busy week in Spring Street, Ms Lovell made numerous funding requests of the Andrews Labor Government on behalf of the Shepparton community, in the lead-up to the 2020/21 State Budget to be delivered in October.
On Tuesday, in a constituency question to Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan, Ms Lovell reaffirmed the need for the Andrews Labor Government to fund the identified $282.5 million black hole in the Shepparton Rail Corridor Upgrade Project. A leaked business case showed the promised nine daily return rail services between Shepparton and Melbourne is currently underfunded and Ms Lovell called for a commitment to provide the funding shortfall in the project.
During the adjournment debate on Wednesday, Ms Lovell pressed Health Minister Jenny Mikakos to provide certainty to the Goulburn Valley community and commit funding that will see the GV Health redevelopment completed in its entirety. In her contribution, Ms Lovell questioned why the Masterplan for the hospital had not been released and called for government funding that will complete the project and deliver the hospital the local community both needs and deserves.
Ms Lovell used the last sitting day until August to highlight the need for a State Government funding commitment towards Stage 1 of the Shepparton Bypass project. Ms Lovell said the people of Shepparton had waited decades for the project to be commenced and sought a commitment that the State Government’s share of the funding towards Stage 1 will be included in the 2020-21 State Budget.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“By the time State Parliament returns in August, the majority of the 2020/21 State Budget will be finalised, and it is important that Shepparton’s voice is heard when it comes to funding for projects and services.
“The Andrews Labor Government needs to provide the investment that the Shepparton electorate needs, both for infrastructure projects that create jobs and protect established jobs and also to improve established services and connectivity.”
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