Ripon and Western Vic ripped off in port proceeds allocation

Hidden away in the Victorian Government’s Budget Paper Number 10 is a disturbing admission that Daniel Andrews has already secretly allocated the entire $1 billion dollars in promised regional Port of Melbourne sale proceeds, but none is coming to Western Victoria.

 

Table 3 on Page 10 lists five projects the government has spent the entire allocation of Port of Melbourne proceeds earmarked for country Victorians. None of it is for Western Victorian projects, and not one dollar is for projects to drive agricultural productivity so our farmers can stay competitive.

Disturbingly, the Andrews Government is spending $300m on maintenance of rail lines and older fleet trains. The Government has dudded country Victorians by allocating regular maintenance money to Port of Melbourne proceeds. A once in a generation windfall should be spent on creating new, productive assets to drive regional economic growth, not on normal maintenance.

Comments attributable to Louise Staley MP, Member for Ripon

“No wonder Daniel Andrews has kept secret that he has already spent the regional proceeds from the Port of Melbourne sale, there’s nothing for Western Victoria and nothing for Victoria’s farmers who built the port’s value”.

“Ignoring Western Victoria is a complete betrayal by Daniel Andrews of our grain growers and dairy farmers whose exports built the value in the Port of Melbourne.”

“The port sale is for 50 years, country Victoria’s share should have gone to transformative projects to create jobs and secure our regions, not the hundreds of millions of dollars for regular maintenance Daniel Andrews has spent it on.”