Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland has listed her funding priorities for Kilmore and Broadford ahead of the release of the State Budget on May 23.
The 2023-24 Victorian Budget must deliver a fair share for the towns including:
Investment to progress the Kilmore bypass
Funding for an upgraded SES facility in Kilmore
Progress on schools in Kilmore and Broadford
Ms Cleeland said funding and progress on the Kilmore bypass was priority number one, with funding for the project being a Nationals commitment since 2014.
“We desperately need progress on the Kilmore bypass,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Last year’s budget showed another year of delay in bypass progression, there is no excuse for this occurring again.
“For Labor to be standing here after eight years in government and to not have completed a business case or costed the bypass is distressing.”
In response to questions from Ms Cleeland earlier this year, The Minister for Roads & Road Safety confirmed the Kilmore bypass has not progressed, with no additional land being acquired since the last update provided by the Department of Transport in June of 2022.
“The Andrews Government is happy to progress metro infrastructure with no business cases and complete complex planning procedures in an incredibly short period of time when it suits their electoral needs,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Kilmore has been waiting decades for action; every year of delay is adding to the problem and the costs associated with this crucial piece of work.”
Ms Cleeland also discussed the pressing need for an upgrade to the Kilmore SES, visiting the unit last month with Shadow Treasurer Brad Rowswell.
“The crew are having to knock back volunteers because they simply do not have the space or infrastructure to support new members,” Ms Cleeland said.
“A new and upgraded shed will allow the SES to expand services, welcome new volunteers and continue to serve the region with distinction.
“The Nationals made a commitment to fund this upgrade, which was matched by the Government. Now we just need to see it confirmed in this month’s budget.”