DROUGHT support for farmers and affected Gippsland businesses should be top of mind when the State Budget is released on May 27, according to a local MP.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said the Andrews Labor Government is continuing to fail when it comes to providing genuine support, such as municipal rate relief to drought affected local farmers. “I’m very worried that since there’s been a few days of heavy showers in Melbourne, the Andrews Government will think that the drought is over,” Mr O’Brien said.
“While it’s pleasing there has been some rain in East Gippsland and a few drops in Central Gippsland, the reality is most of the Wellington Shire has missed out and remains in a dire position.
“Indeed, in many areas the drought has deepened and many farmers face a bleak winter with little growth, not much fodder in the shed and feed either impossible to source or extremely expensive.
“Daniel Andrews should be visiting our region, which he’s failed to do now for nearly 12 months, and seeing the conditions first-hand before announcing some genuine support,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien said he will also be looking for funding for the completion of Korumburra Secondary College and Foster Primary School and funding for the CFA, specifically for new fire stations at Mirboo North, Foster and Yarram.
“Labor made no election commitments to Gippsland South at all so my hopes aren’t high, but I’m forever optimistic Labor might surprise me.”
Drought top of mind for budget: O’Brien