The Nationals Member for Mildura Jade Benham is extremely disappointed that the building of a much-needed facility has been pushed back in a brutal State Budget.
Locals will be forced to wait for the opening of the promised Alcohol and Other Drugs Residential Rehabilitation Facility.
“Labor, who committed $36 million for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Residential Rehabilitation Facility, has now pushed the project back for completion in 2026,” Ms Benham said,
Victoria’s crumbling regional roads will only decay further with maintenance funding slashed by 45 per cent since 2020, and from $702.2 million to just $441.6 million in the last year alone.
On health, there is no plan in this budget to solve regional Victoria’s workforce issues. This will only leave more Victorians on waiting lists, struggling to receive the urgent care and treatment many desperately need.
“Mildura Base Public Hospital is in desperate need of expansion and vital upgrades yet we are once again left with nothing and continue to wait for an overdue masterplan to be released,” Ms Benham said.
Ms Benham said under the Andrews Labor Government, life was only going to get harder for regional communities.
“Regional Victoria is still not getting its fair share of funding under Labor, who just don’t seem to recognise that 25 per cent of the state’s population lives in rural and regional Victoria.
“The state budget has confirmed what we already knew