Goulburn Valley Health Budget fears

May 08, 2018

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum.

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum hoped today’s federal budget would include moves toward more medical training in the Goulburn Valley.

He said the matter had been the subject of conversations, but was still ‘‘very much a wishlist’’ item, albeit one with the potential to provide an ‘‘enormous boost’’.

Mr Drum also hoped to see an infrastructure spend for the regions. ‘‘Potentially a fund that will see worthwhile infrastructure projects to be funded.’’ He stressed the need for ‘‘some flexibility’’ to ensure that ‘‘when road and rail projects come through’’ they had the opportunity to be funded.

Nearly $8billion from today’s federal budget is earmarked for major Victorian road and rail projects in a bid to beat congestion. The $7.8billion package includes the $5billion already promised for heavy rail to Melbourne Airport, which local stakeholders hope can also benefit regions like Shepparton.

‘‘I spoke to the Prime Minister just before eight o’clock this morning and on behalf of all Victorians, I thanked him for the additional funding,’’ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters yesterday.

‘‘We’ve run a strong campaign to get a fairer share for Victoria; that campaign has worked,’’ he said.

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed was of the understanding the majority would be for projects around Melbourne, but hoped any airport rail alignment chosen could factor in the regions.

‘‘We’ll certainly continue our advocacy at a state level to ensure whatever choice made really benefits us as much as possible.’’

Ms Sheed welcomed the $8billion to Victorian projects as ‘‘positive’’ and ‘‘a very substantial sum we haven’t seen for some time.’’

‘‘I’m pleased to see this level of investment coming in,’’ she said.

— with AAP

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