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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

NAPTHINE RISKS CASTLEMAINE PROJECTS

Denis Napthine needs to put regional Victoria first and take a stand against Tony Abbott’s cuts to Mount Alexander Shire projects.

Ms Edwards said that Tony Abbott’s cuts to Regional Development Australia (RDA) have endangered important infrastructure projects in the Castlemaine region, including the $400,000 upgrade of Castlemaine South Kindergarten, the $310,000 resurfacing of Wesley Hill Velodrome, the $120,000 project to improve access to the Harcourt recreation reserve and $35,000 of solar energy efficiency improvements to Mount Alexander Shire community facilities.

 “While our industries are falling apart, $130 million of regional projects are at risk, right across Victoria.”

 “If Denis Napthine stays silent, regional Victoria will lose $130 million in vital infrastructure projects, plus the jobs these projects would have created.”

 “Denis Napthine can’t stand up to Tony Abbott and he can’t stand up for regional Victoria.”

 “Denis Napthine needs to put regional Victoria ahead of his Liberal Party colleagues.”

 “Denis Napthine and his dysfunctional Government are risking millions of dollars for Bendigo.”

 “Instead of standing up for Castlemaine and the region, Denis Napthine is just making things worse.”

 Key Facts

 

  • RDA grants support Australia’s regions and enhance the economic development of their communities.
  • Unemployment in the regional centres is rising with ABS Statistics showing that in Ballarat it has risen to 6% from 4.3%, in Bendigo to 6.9% from 6% and in Shepparton to 7.1% from 6.4%
  • ABS Statistics have also shown that the participation rate in Geelong has fallen from 59.6% to 55.9%, with an additional 6,600 jobs lost.

After the Federal Election, the Abbott Government confirmed it was cancelling all RDA grants – a stance only partially reversed with Round 5 and Round 5B projects still in limbo.

 

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