Congratulations to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Coalition team on their stunning federal election victory. I wish them all the best for a highly successful term of government. Congratulations also to the Member for Nicholls Damian Drum on his re-election to represent us locally for a second term. The Andrews Labor Government delayed the state budget until after the federal election to match it with the new Federal Government’s commitments. The Coalitions re-election confirms the federal funding for two vital Shepparton projects – $208 million for the GV Highway by-pass and $5 million for the expansion of the La Trobe University campus expansion.
If Daniel Andrews was genuine about his reason to delay the state budget he must now include the state’s share of funding of $5.3 million for La Trobe and at least $52 million for the by-pass in next week’s state budget.