Roads Community facilities | October 04, 2016

Kealy – Labor must deliver regional funding

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is hopeful Labor Ministers will announce significant funding across Western Victoria during a visit to the electorate this week.

“We need a real investment of funds to ensure our country communities continue to thrive”, Ms Kealy said.

“Regional Victoria represents 25 per cent of the state’s population, yet under Labor’s budget last year we received less than 3 per cent of the state’s infrastructure funding.

“It is a shame that it has taken major flooding events to get Lowan on the radar of the Andrews Labor Government,” she said.

Labor Ministers will be visiting Horsham on Wednesday for the State’s first Regional Partnership Assembly.

“Local people will be investing their personal time to share ideas on how we can make Lowan a better place. It is therefore important we receive our fair share of funding to make our ideas a reality, otherwise this will just be another Labor talk fest,” Ms Kealy said.

“One of the issues likely to be raised is going to be the appalling state of our roads.

“With a number of Labor Ministers expected to be in Horsham this week, it is a perfect opportunity for them to witness the dangerous condition of our roads and immediately reverse their severe cuts to the country roads budget.

“The Nationals are proud to stand up for Regional Victoria and I assure the people of the Lowan electorate that I will continue to fight for our fair share of funding so our communities have the jobs, investment and services we need to thrive,” she said.