Regional Victorians still cleaning up from flooding have today missed out on an advance payment from the federal government to fast-track local repair works, in what member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says is Daniel Andrews’ ‘disaster’.
The day after Prime Minister Albanese was on Horsham’s Wimmera Riverfront – a river that recently flooded – to open a Coalition funded project, acting Emergency Management Minister Tony Burke has announced the advance payments, led by NSW receiving $887 million.
“Almost all of twelve Councils in my electorate were flood affected and they will be heartbroken that Premier Daniel Andrews completely missed the boat on funding they desperately need,” Dr Webster said.
“I’m hearing from councils and local organisations worried about levee repairs, path and road repairs and preparedness for future flooding, they will be frustrated to know Daniel Andrews has left them out in the cold.”
“This gobsmacking failure to govern for all by Daniel Andrews tells you everything you need to know about him. Helping regional Victorians doesn’t help him stave off the Green threat in Melbourne, so he just isn’t interested.
“I am calling on Premier Andrews to get on to the phone to his federal Labor mates and fix this today. If he gets the federal funding, it should be passed straight to councils, not sit in state coffers. My electorate needs flood repairs and mitigation works and the Premier needs to govern for all Victorians.”