Ryan says budget falls short of mark

Euroa MP slams the 2015-16 State Budget she says strips millions of dollars from established programs

NOT ENOUGH LOVE FOR SHIRE: Member for Euroa Steph Ryan (right) is shocked at the lack of regional funding in this year’s State Budget, aside from stage two of the Euroa Saleyards. She is pictured with Strathbogie Shire Council director of asset services Roy Hetherington (left), Elders Euroa manager Glen Coridas and Landmark Euroa manager Russell Mawson. PHOTO: Damon Rieusset

STATE member for Euroa Steph Ryan has deemed the 2015-16 State Budget “devastating” for rural and regional Victoria.

The budget, which was handed down last week, revealed more cuts than benefits for the Strathbogie Shire.

She said while stage two of the Euroa Saleyards is on the cards, a Labor election promise, cuts such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, Country Roads and Bridges fund and council’s involvement in the Regional Living Expo would hurt a lot more.

“While the Euroa Saleyards was mentioned in the budget, it shows the project hasn’t fallen off the radar,” she said.

“But we still don’t know how much funding will be allocated to it or the timeframe on when it will start.

“I will continue to advocate for the project, however.”

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