Shepparton residents should not expect much from the Victorian Government in terms of infrastructure funding ahead of next month’s budget. Victorian Opposition finance spokesman Robin Scott issued the warning during a visit to Shepparton on Wednesday.April 21, 2014 3:30am
Shepparton residents should not expect much from the Victorian Government in terms of infrastructure funding ahead of next month’s budget.
Victorian Opposition finance spokesman Robin Scott issued the warning during a visit to Shepparton on Wednesday.
Mr Scott visited for the annual Bernie Moran Memorial Dinner, which honours the Shepparton ALP stalwart.
He said he expected marginal seats would be the Napthine government’s priority.
‘‘I’m not expecting that much for this area in the May budget,’’ Mr Scott said.
‘‘You only have to look at the approach about wi-fi (on trains to major regional centres except Shepparton) to see areas
‘‘Obviously I don’t have an insight into exactly what they’re doing but their record in a range of these areas speaks for itself.’’
Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien will hand down the state budget on May 6.
The budget is expected to include significant transport spending, including funds for the Melbourne airport rail link.
However, Mr Scott said he was not expecting the government to reverse almost $300
‘‘The National Party has their name on every one of these cuts,’’ he said.
‘‘TAFE and other private providers play a critical role in ensuring people get the skills they need to get into employment and jobs.’’
Labor Shepparton candidate Rod Higgins said he did not expect Shepparton to benefit from the budget, but the region needed funding for health, education and infrastructure.
‘‘We need general funds for health and also education, especially with education in the promotion of retention rates at schools,’’ Mr Higgins said.
‘‘The retention rates in regional Victoria and Shepparton are far below our metropolitan friends and we need to boost that up.
‘‘There’s nothing that has been announced that’s done anything for the rail situation.
‘‘That’s obviously a glaring gap for us because you’ve only got to look at the momentum of council and ratepayers in the promotion of more for rail.’’
Greater Shepparton City Council is lobbying the Victorian Government for five weekday return services for the city.
Shepparton has three return weekday train services to Melbourne.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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