The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says constant demands have pushed Kerang Golf Club into Victoria’s disastrous budget and secured its $185,000 funding for an irrigation overhaul.
Mr Walsh says Tuesday’s Budget makes it pretty clear Victoria is broke and life is only going to get harder under Labor.
He says Victorians are being punished for Labor’s economic incompetence and while Kerang can celebrate, many Victorians cannot.
“The government was ducking and weaving over its pre-election promise to Kerang Golf Club and I was genuinely concerned the money might disappear in the bloodletting we knew was coming in this Budget,” Mr Walsh explains.
“That’s why The Nationals kept pushing, kept this issue on the front page and we were able to do that with the support of the Gannawarra Times, which also went into bat for its community and now the result is there in black and white,” he says.
“Of course when the money turns up is still open to conjecture, but I don’t see the cheque landing anytime soon as this bankrupt government scrambles to claw back every dollar it can.
“And with a daily interest bill of $10 million, and climbing, the pressure is on for Andrews Inc and his gang to even deliver on what it promised today – and that wasn’t a lot.”
Mr Walsh says with Labor “driving Victoria to financial ruin” $185,000 might not seem much in the scheme of things but it is “critical for this club and community”.
“I have petitioned the Minister, I have raised it in the Parliament, and I have kept mentioning it to everyone who could possibly be connected but when you have to work that hard for such a relatively small sum, you can see how much trouble the serious big-ticket projects are going to be in,” Mr Walsh added.