The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has labelled the State Government response to her question in Parliament for funding of Stage 1 of the Shepparton bypass project as an insult to the Shepparton community.
In a question to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford during Question Time in State Parliament yesterday, Ms Lovell asked the Minister to commit the State’s share of the funding for the project in the upcoming 2019-20 State Budget, following the Federal Government’s recent commitment of $208 million from the Federal Budget to the project.
In response to Ms Lovell’s question, Ms Pulford mocked the concerns of the Shepparton community by pointing the finger at the Federal Government and choosing to play politics rather than addressing the needs of the Shepparton community by committing the State’s share of funding for the project.
In a supplementary question to the Minister, Ms Lovell noted that previous responses on the issue from the State Government had predicated State funding on a commitment of funding from the Federal Government, a certainty we now have.
In her reply, Ms Pulford again failed to provide any funding commitments, continuing her attack on the Federal Government.
The $260 million Stage 1 of Shepparton bypass project is a priority for Greater Shepparton and will remove large trucks from the Shepparton CBD and deliver the much-needed second crossing of the Goulburn River.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“It is disappointing that the Minister has chosen to play politics rather than addressing the needs of the Shepparton community.
“With Federal Government funding secured it is Daniel Andrews and Jaala Pulford who are dragging the chain on this much needed project and I call for the State Government to commit the remaining $52 million for the project in the upcoming State Budget.”
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