East Gippsland has done it tougher than any other region of Victoria in 2020 and tomorrow’s State Budget provides an opportunity for the State Government to stand by its commitment to support our region by delivering some badly needed and long overdue projects.
“Premier Daniel Andrews said in Bairnsdale earlier this year that he would support the region in its recovery and now is the time to deliver, as it is clear we need some extra attention and focus,” said Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
“Key projects that should be funded include the Bairnsdale Secondary College completion, new fire stations at Lakes Entrance and Metung, the Maffra hospital upgrade and completion of the Bullock Island and Slip Road upgrades. There are many more, but these are at the top of the list.
“The secondary college is long overdue and the school and wider community has been more than patient.
“The Liberal Nationals committed to stage one in 2010 and built it when in Government and then committed to stage two at both the 2014 and 2018 elections.
“Ironically, Labor committed to the school before the 2010 election, but has been silent for the past decade. I am sick and tired of hearing the Education Minister announce new schools in Melbourne and ignore our school.
“Having students spread out across two campuses and classrooms that are from yesteryear is not good enough for our biggest school – it should be funded now.
“Of the other projects, Lakes Entrance and Metung Fire Brigades have land for their new homes and just need the investment. Surely after last season’s fires we will have at least one announced tomorrow, but hopefully both,” said Mr Bull.
“If you can find $90million for three AFL footy club upgrades, surely you can fund our priorities which are about a quarter of the spend on AFL grounds.”
Monday, November 23, 2020