Council welcomes Victorian budget funding for advocacy priorities
Mitchell Shire Council has welcomed funding in the 2018/19 Victorian budget for a range of advocacy priorities including roads, public transport, education and access to services.
Several of Council’s advocacy priorities - a list of projects and services Council wants to see committed to in the lead up to the state election - have been either funded or partially-funded in the Victorian budget, which was released last Tuesday.
Funding could also become available for a number of other priorities through a range of state-wide initiatives funded in the budget.
Highlights of the budget specifically for Mitchell Shire include:
- $20 million for land purchases to progress the Kilmore bypass
- A FlexiRide bus service for Kilmore
- 15 additional inter-peak V/Line services per week to Seymour
- $19.7 million for a new primary school in Beveridge
- $6.9 million to upgrade Seymour College
- $150,000 to upgrade Tallarook Primary School
Health and wellbeing
- $1.5 million to upgrade Seymour Hospital
- $150,000 to progress a sports and aquatic facility in southern Mitchell
There were also several state-wide projects that will likely benefit Mitchell Shire including:
- $50 million per year contribution to the Growing Suburbs Fund
- $594 million for regional road restoration and upgrades
- $100 million for fixing country roads
- $705 million for mental health services
- $47.3 million for a drug and alcohol facility in the Hume region
- $11 million in Blackspot funding
- $116 million for land acquisition in growth areas for things such as schools and public transport facilities
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said Council had been working hard to secure commitments to vital projects for our community and it was pleasing to see some of these funded in the Victorian budget.
“Council launched its list of advocacy priorities earlier this year and we have been working tirelessly to assist external funding bodies to better understand our community needs and opportunities and commit to funding them,” Cr Sanderson said.
“It is fantastic to see that some of these priorities have been funded in the Victorian budget, especially significant commitments such as a new primary school in Beveridge, extra bus and train services and significant money to progress the Kilmore bypass.
“We are also extremely thankful the Growing Suburbs Fund has been restored to $50 million per year after being halved in the previous budget.
“The Growing Suburbs Fund has helped deliver a range of significant projects in Mitchell Shire including the Community Bank® Adventure Playground, Greater Beveridge Community Centre, Wallan Family and Children’s Centre, Broadford Living and Learning Centre and two new playgrounds in Kilmore, among others.”
Cr Sanderson said Council looked forward to learning more about the state-wide projects and what impact they would have in Mitchell.
“This budget funding is a really great start to making some of our advocacy priorities a reality and we thank our local members Jaclyn Symes and Danielle Green for their hard work in securing these projects for our community,” Cr Sanderson said.
“We look forward to finding out more information about what other state-wide initiatives may positively impact Mitchell Shire and we hope to see commitments for more of our advocacy priorities in the lead up to the state election.
“We will continue our strong advocacy in the lead up to the state election in November.”
For more information on the 2018/19 Victorian budget, visit www.budget.vic.gov.au.