Little direct benefit from State Budget

WELLINGTON Shire had few big projects included when a tough State Budget was handed down this week.

The Hyland Highway will be among major roads across the state to receive $7.1 million in total for overtaking lanes.

The Rosedale and Munro fire stations will also receive funding as part of the $22 million investment in upgrading or building new CFA stations.

Gippsland South MLA and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the funding would ensure local CFA volunteers had the best facilities to help them protect local communities.

“A further $12.3 million has been allocated to fleet infrastructure upgrades across the state to help the CFA best deliver on a range of services it provides such as road rescue, hazardous materials response and structural collapse,” he said.

“The funding will mean the CFA will be better resourced to enable a more effective and efficient fire fighting service, whilst providing enhanced safety for crews.”

No funding has been allocated for a new police station in Sale, despite architects’ impressions having been displayed in recent weeks.

Labor’s Eastern Region MLC Matt Viney slammed the decision by the government to scrap the first home owner bonus.

Previously the buyer of a newly constructed home in regional Victoria received $19,500 from the State Government to encourage people to stay in and build new houses in regional areas like Gippsland.

“The Baillieu Liberal Government has dealt those aspiring to own their own home in regional Victoria a cruel blow,” Mr Viney said.

Mr Viney also expressed concern about the lack of detail in the announcement of new V/Line train carriages.

Additional regional rolling stock and associated infrastructure to improve the capacity of existing regional passenger train services was flagged in the budget but no increase in passenger services to Sale or beyond.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.