Judi Moylan Disappointed Pearce Rural and Regional Residents Miss Out in Budget
Posted on Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Federal Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan MP today expressed her disappointment with Labor’s budget that has stripped more than $1 billion from regional and rural Australia.
Labor has abolished the Regional Partnerships and Growing Regions programmes, saving $436 million, but it has only put $176 million back for regional development.
Mrs Moylan said the decision to cut the Regional Partnerships Programme meant that across Australia 116 vital projects approved by the Coalition before the election would not go ahead.
“This includes the Gingin Regional Hard Court Facility project,” Mrs Moylan said.
“$274,450 in funding had been approved for the Shire of Gingin to build a Clubhouse. The Clubhouse was to include change rooms, a kitchen, spectator’s area and a small function centre and was also to be used as a community meeting room. The cancellation of the Regional Partnerships Programme means that the Shire will no longer be receiving this money.”
Mrs Moylan said Labor has also failed to provide funding for an alternative to the decision to scrap the Opel contract ($959 million) to provide fast broadband to all Australians.
“Labor has only extended the Coalition’s Broadband Guarantee, which will cost $271 million – this is not adequate to meet rural, regional and remote communication needs,” Mrs Moylan explained.
“As well as this the Labor Government’s commitment for road and rail funding will be at least $10 billion less than what was promised by the Coalition.”
“At a time when many rural communities are contracting and primary producers face cost pressures and the effects of drought and frost, it deeply concerns me that people living in remote, rural and regional areas have been overlooked by the Rudd Government and vital community projects, many that have years of planning behind them, will be scrapped,” Mrs Moylan said.