No surprises in 2019/20 State Budget
Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed a range of measures contained in today’s Victorian State Government budget and is looking forward to receiving a more detailed briefing in the coming days.
“Clearly this is a budget whereby the government has decided to meet its pre-election budget commitments following Labor’s success at last year’s election. At first glance there appears to be little new money for our region,” Ms Sheed said.
“As an independent I propose to continue advocating for the major commitments our region has identified as critical to our future growth.
“Given the hundreds of millions of dollars we have received over the previous three budgets for health, education, rail and other initiatives it is not surprising that this budget contained little in the way of locally targeted major new funding announcements other than $7 million for a native fish hatchery in Shepparton.”
Free dental for public school students and the regional roll-out of part-time kindergarten for three-year-olds are two initiatives welcomed by Ms Sheed, along with initiatives such as the payroll tax concessions for regional areas and a basketball hub for Shepparton.
“I have been a passionate campaigner for education and children’s health and at first glance both these programs should be of benefit to parents, carers and young children in my electorate,” she said.
But Ms Sheed is disappointed Shepparton appears to be missing out on sharing in $214 million to establish seven early parenting centres across the state, including at Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.
“Shepparton is no less in need than the other three big regional hubs – arguably more so – and following decades of our community advocacy for a local mother-baby unit I am disappointed we will not be included in this important initiative,” she said.
“I will continue to urge the Andrews Government to view the needs of Shepparton’s mothers and newborns as vitally as it has viewed those in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.”
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