Chesters urges Federal Government to remember Bendigo this MYEFO

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP is calling on the Liberal Government to fund Bendigo electorate community infrastructure projects in the upcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

“The government has an opportunity in the MYEFO to commit to projects for Bendigo, an electorate they seem to have forgotten,” Ms Chesters said.

“We expect the Liberal Nationals will announce funding for projects in their own electorates. I’m calling for Bendigo to receive its fair share of funding. 

“It’s just outrageous that Geelong could receive up to $3billion in project funding and Bendigo zero dollars.”

“During the May election, I was highly critical of the Liberal National parties, their candidates and government because they committed zero dollars towards the Bendigo electorate.

“Following the election, I wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister and invited him to adopt Labor's plan for the region.

“Instead, what I got back was a letter outlining past projects—projects that were bipartisan and which have already been built.

“It’s disappointing that the Liberals continue to accuse Labor’s priorities as a waste of taxpayers’ money. It demonstrates just how out of touch with the Bendigo electorate they are; the Liberals have no future plan for Bendigo.

“I’m calling on this Federal Liberal Government to commit to fund a number of projects including:

  • $4.4million for Bendigo Airport Terminal Expansion
  • $5million Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail
  • $2million La Trobe Rural Road Trauma Research Hub
  • $935,000 Bendigo Showgrounds Redevelopment
  • $425,000 for change room upgrades at Ken Wust Oval
  • $10million for the long-awaited Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct at New Gisborne
  • $400,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo to top up funds to construct footpaths in Maiden Gully, Epsom and Strathfieldsaye
  • $200,000 to the Macedon Ranges Shire to top up funds to construct footpaths in Kyneton
  • $210,000 over four years for emergency relief services at Cobaw Community Health
  • $250,000 to Mount Alexander Shire for female change rooms at Harcourt Recreation Reserve
  • $5million for Castlemaine District Community Health (Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub)

“I’m also waiting for an opening date for Round 4 of the Building Better Regions Fund and will be encouraging local community groups and organisations to apply for their projects to be funded,” Ms Chesters said.

“It’s time for this government to commit to a plan for Bendigo.”

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) updates the economic and fiscal outlook from the previous budget. Clause 14 of the Charter of Budget Honesty requires the release of a MYEFO each year by the end of January, or six months after the last budget, whichever is later.

This year’s budget was handed down on Tuesday 2 April 2019. In recent years, the Government has released MYEFO in the lead up to the last sitting fortnight of the year.

THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2019