Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed is elated with the Victorian State Government’s 2017/18 Budget allocation for the electorate.
“What a great day for the Shepparton District," she said.
"Off the back of last year’s State Budget and the $170 million commitment made by the Andrews Labor Government for the redevelopment of Goulburn Valley Health, it was a big ask to back it up with further significant investment in our ageing and inadequate public infrastructure in this year’s budget," Ms Sheed said.
The budget includes:
More than $4.5mill for six primary schools;
$1mill Shepparton Education Plan (announced last week)
$3mill across three years for the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project;
$200,000 Munnara Centre for Regional Excellence
The announcement also included a Specialist Family Violence Court in Shepparton;
The design of pilot projects based on the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Masterplan that maximise the irrigation and other groundwater within the district; and
Free public Wi-Fi in Shepparton.
More generally our regional businesses will benefit by the 25% reduction in the payroll tax threshold across regional Victoria.
A much needed project which is now finally off the ground will be the Shepparton bypass.
"I’m pleased this Government has backed the bypass with $10.2mill allocated for stage one.
"This has been a long term project for this community, and it will be satisfying to so many to finally see some movement in this space," Ms Sheed said.
But the stand out is a major commitment to see an upgrade to Shepparton’s public transport needs with $43.5 mill slated for stabling at the Shepparton Train station and a passing loop at Murchison.
"This will enable more services to operate on the Shepparton line – a major issue of my election campaign in 2014 which I am so pleased has been heard by the Government, thanks to the great support of a vocal community," Ms Sheed said.
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