Mildura misses out with another raw deal from Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews Labor Government has delivered a big taxing budget that pours funds into Melbourne yet has nothing but crumbs for Mildura.

Member for Mildura Peter Crisp has slammed the city-centric 2018/19 State Budget.

“This Budget is another raw deal for Mildura from Daniel Andrews. It ignores the most pressing and important issues across the Mildura electorate, including the crime epidemic and families struggling with the rising costs of living,” he said.

“There are also vital road works missing from the budget, including several C roads that have become economic arteries, the Robinvale–Sea Lake and Hattah–Wemen roads.

“The need to complete the Benetook Bypass in Mildura in order to provide an alternate route for heavy vehicles thus relieving congestion in Deakin Avenue and additional passing lanes on the Calder Highway are also vital works,” Mr Crisp said.

“Our roads are crumbling and yet there are no commitments from the Andrews Labor Government to address these projects.

“Daniel Andrews has found $25 billion for metro projects that have blown their original budgets but he can’t seem to come up with a cent for Mildura’s local road priorities.”

Mr Crisp said Mildura also has a strong case for a residential drug rehabilitation facility and there should have been a commitment under the Ice Action Plan for north-west Victoria.

“A residential facility is the missing link in the service model for our region,” he said. 

“The Mildura Base Hospital also needs continued investment and, in particular, more ward beds.

Our hospital is overflowing and elective surgery is being cancelled because of a lack of ward beds.”

Mr Crisp said Mildura Rural City Council has presented a strong case in their Mildura Future Ready plan but it had all been ignored by the Andrews Labor Government.

“It is particularly disappointing that there are no funds for the vital next stage of the Mildura rail upgrades. The Nationals have already pledged $80 million for these works because we understand they are the critical next step in Mildura’s rail revial goals but the Andrews Labor Government remains silent.

“This year’s budget is a huge disappointment for Mildura, an absolute raw deal, but as always, I will continue to fight for a better deal for our community.”

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