Country Victoria shut out by Andrews Government
The cold facts about Daniel Andrews’ budget for Victoria is that there simply isn’t enough money going where it needs to go. Victorian Nationals Leader, Peter Walsh was quoted in the Shepparton News on 12th May claiming that only $751 million was going across the state while 30 times that was allocated to Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs.
But potential funding isn’t the only thing thrown under the bus. The Regional Living Expo, Country Roads and Bridges Program, the Regional Growth Fund, and the bounties for wild dogs and foxes are set to be axed. Add that to the existing 25% unemployment rate for Shepparton youth and it seems that the Moira Shire at the very least will be dealing with shallow pockets come next year.
With the Federal budget targeting pensioners (for good and bad); stay at home mum and dads, “coined double dippers” for having two different payments; and other assorted little folk, and with the Andrews government conveniently forgetting that other parts of Victoria exist north of Wallan, one gets the impression that maybe these budgets aren’t in the best interests of the people.
Despite all intentions of the opposite, the fallout to this divisive fiscal plan is sure to fire up both sides of the political and social spectrum. This isn’t over by a long shot.