The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has put the Andrews Labor Government on notice, highlighting the many funding priorities in the Shepparton electorate that need to be included in the 2020/21 State Budget.
In an adjournment matter directed to Treasurer Tim Pallas in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell pointed out the drip feed approach to funding of Shepparton projects since the election of Daniel Andrews in 2014 and called on the State Government to fully fund the many local infrastructure project in the upcoming budget.
A case is point is the construction of the $120 million Greater Shepparton Secondary College which the State Government has promised will be fully completed and operational by January 2022. In her contribution, Ms Lovell reiterated the need for the $120 million to be delivered in the budget for this timeline to be met and the project not to be a staged build.
Ms Lovell called for May’s State Budget to include full funding commitments for the following infrastructure projects in the Shepparton electorate:
- Stage 2 of the GV Health redevelopment, estimated to cost between $272m – $374m, is needed to ensure a continuous build upon the completion of stage 1.
- A contribution of at least $50 million to complete Stage 1 of the vital Shepparton Bypass Project.
- Additional funding is needed to bridge the enormous $282.5 million budget black hole that has been identified in the Shepparton Rail Corridor Project.
- $13m is needed for the proposed $42m Stage 1 Shepparton Sports & Events Centre redevelopment, a project that would generate approximately $5.7m of new spending into the local economy, meaning more visitors, more business and more jobs.
- Many other projects that need to be funded and delivered to the Shepparton electorate include a vital commitment to water security for our irrigators, a Mother and Baby Unit at GV Health, a Clinical School, continued funding for the Lighthouse Project, the Maude St Mall redevelopment, road upgrades, the La Trobe university expansion and job creation to assist our unemployed.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Despite State Government spin, eagerly promoted by the local Labor voting independent member, infrastructure projects in the Shepparton electorate are either funded by drip feed to become staged projects or ignored completely.
“The Treasurer needs to fully fund this list of infrastructure projects in his budget in order to deliver for the communities of Shepparton District.”
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