Regional and Rural Development

Andrews abandons regional Victorians

11 May 2015

Rural and regional Victoria will share in just 2.9 per cent of the major projects promised in Daniel Andrews’ first State Budget.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said when you compared the major projects being promised for Melbourne with the number for rural and regional Victoria, the result was concerning.

“If rural and regional Victorians feel short-changed by Daniel Andrews’ first State Budget, there’s a very good reason,” Mr Walsh said.

“Almost $26 billion worth of major projects have been promised for Melbourne and its suburbs, compared to just $751 million across the rest of the state.

“Daniel Andrews has been fast gaining a reputation as a Premier focused on political outcomes in Melbourne at the expense of rural and regional Victoria – and these figures prove why.

“This is a Melbourne Labor Government.”

Mr Walsh said the Melbourne Labor Government was also cutting the Regional Living Expo, an annual event where rural and regional councils can showcase their region to city-dwellers.

That’s on top of cutting the Country Roads and Bridges Program, the Regional Growth Fund and the wild dog bounty.

“Daniel Andrews should quickly reassess his priorities because his first State Budget has totally abandoned rural and regional Victorians,” Mr Walsh said.

“The most significant project this Labor Government is delivering for rural and regional Victoria – the Murray Basin Rail Project – was actually started and funded by the Coalition.

“Daniel Andrews promised to ‘govern for all Victorians’ and that is what rural and regional Victorians rightly expect.”






Regional Infrastructure Fund

250 million

Melbourne Metro

11 billion

Murray Basin Rail Project

220 million

Level crossing removals

6 billion

Waurn Ponds rail yard

115 million

Western Distributor

5.5 billion

Echuca Bridge

96 million

Tullamarine widening

1.3 billion

Simonds Stadium

70 million

Mernda rail line extension

600 million



West Gate Distributor

500 million


751 million

Convention Centre

370 million


2.9 per cent

Thompson Rd widening

175 million



Western Ring Road

150 million



Yan Yean Road widening

135 million



Chandler Highway Bridge

110 million



Frankston Station

63 million



Junction Oval

25 million








$25,928 million




97.1 per cent

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