Powell celebrates Coalition budget
By Nadia Surace
MEMBER for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell has labelled last Tuesday’s Coalition budget an outstanding success for regional and rural Victoria.
Mr Powell announcing that all of her commitments made in the lead-up to the November state election were honoured in the allocations “in a responsible and caring fashion in difficult times”.
The allowances will bring improved facilities for Mooroopna police with an upgrade to their 50-year-old station “operationally inadequate for modern policing,” Ms Powell said, as well as funding for a scoping study for a new Shepparton Court complex to replace the city’s “appalling justice facilities”.
Shepparton district will also receive 11 more police, which will drastically improve law and order in the region Ms Powell said.
Shepparton Senior Sergeant, Peter Gunn welcomed the announcements explaining growth in the region has resulted in a need for further police numbers and upgrades to court and police facilities.
“Mooroopna Historical Society is now closer to purchasing their own home for one of Australia’s most significant, complete and unique medical collections with $200,000 set aside in the budget,” Ms Powell said.
“Funding to assist in the redevelopment of Lake Bartlett at Tatura will also allow the council to act on community concerns about safety whilst improving access to the lake’s recreational facilities.
“The budget also provides Shepparton with a new 24-hour single responder unit providing life-saving specialist trained paramedics as part of the Coalition’s commitment to ambulance services for all Victorians.
“The Coalition’s $1 billion dollar regional growth fund is the cornerstone of improved government services for Victorians living outside metropolitan Melbourne,” Ms Powell said.