The State Labor Government has ripped off Western Victoria, using money set aside for rural infrastructure projects on regular maintenance programs, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says.
Mrs Britnell said the Liberal and National Coalition secured 10 per cent of the proceeds of the lease of the Port Of Melbourne to be used exclusively on regional infrastructure projects.
“But what we have seen, buried in the budget papers, is Labor using $300 million of that money on ordinary maintenance of existing infrastructure,” she said.
“The lease of the port was a once in lifetime opportunity to invest in infrastructure projects to help rural industries grow and prosper.
“The dairy industry is the biggest exporter from the Port of Melbourne, our farmers built the port and drove up its value – but not one dollar from the proceeds of the lease will go to supporting that industry to grow.”
Mrs Britnell said it was rotten the majority of the money from the lease deal would be spent in Metropolitan Melbourne, with regional Victoria being left with the crumbs off the table.
“Under Daniel Andrews, regional Victorian’s are getting charged more through 11 new taxes, but are receiving much less.”