5 March 2015
Cuts to local government
A savage cut by the Andrews Government means that from 30 June this year 20 local councils across Western Victoria will no longer receive $1 million per year from the former Coalition Government’s $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program.
The Andrews Government has also shelved the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, a vital funding stream that, under the Coalition’s Putting Locals First Program, supported local government municipalities with a range of capital projects.
The Andrews Government at the same time as withdrawing funding from rural local government councils has now foreshadowed capping rate rises. This will put further strain on the viability of many smaller regional councils and will undoubtedly force them to reduce council services for their communities.
Ararat Rural City, Buloke, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Lodden, Moorabool, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Queenscliffe, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack will all be savaged with these funding cuts by the city centric Andrews Government.
The Country Roads and Bridges Program helped support Victoria’s 40 rural shires which enabled 900 local roads and 100 local bridges to be repaired or upgraded.
The new programs announced by the Andrews Government are for State assets only and do not address the improvements needed to local roads and bridges that are essential in helping to reduce the country road toll.
Simon Ramsay MP
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Transport