Big spending budget must not ignore south-west needs

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says next week state budget must be spread across the whole state and not ignore the vital needs of South West Coast.

The budget will be handed down on November 24 and has been touted as a big spending, job creating budget.

Ms Britnell said there are several projects needed across the south-west that require funding to help boost the economy in the COVID-recovery.

She said projects like the Warrnambool Base Hospital, a new Coast Guard Base in Portland, upgrades to community sporting facilities and a new SES and CFA Joint base in Port Fairy.

“But the one thing that everyone in the south-west wants to see is a significant investment to bring the condition of our rural and regional roads back to a decent standard,” she said.

“The Grattan Institute in a recent report said as governments look to the COVID recovery, they should invest in upgrading existing infrastructure rather than looking to “nation building or “city shaping projects”.

“The Andrews Labor Government must take this advice on board and make significant investments in rural and regional roads.

“A start would be matching the Federal Government funds on the table, especially funding to upgrade the Princes Highway.

“The Andrews Labor Government have the opportunity to upgrade a road for half-price with the federal money on the table. Now there is evidence from a respected think-tank that upgrading existing infrastructure would be of significant economic benefit.

“There really is no excuse for there not to be a significant investment in road conditions included in the state budget.”

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