Infrastructure budget focus welcomed

Hume City Council has cautiously welcomed the Federal Government’s 2019-20 Budget, which featured support for infrastructure as a key focus.

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore said the Federal Budget’s $1.14 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade package was promising.

“We know that for a long time now, Hume City’s roads have just not kept up with the needs of our growing community,” Cr Moore said.

“We are pleased that this Federal Budget makes a commitment to upgrade Sunbury Road through a $1.14 billion Suburban Roads Upgrades program.

“But it’s simply not enough. While we await further details on the specifics of this upgrade, we will also continue to advocate for the delivery of the Bulla Bypass, which is the long-term solution needed to address safety and congestion in the area.

“Another Federal Budget announcement will see a commitment made towards road safety upgrades. Any step towards decreasing road trauma in Hume is welcome news.”

“We can only hope that the announcement of a $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund will result in funds for local projects to improve our road networks and increase parking at train stations.

“We will also continue to advocate to the Federal Government and Federal Opposition in the lead up to the election to ensure further infrastructure funding is directed to where it is most needed.

“This includes support for upgrades to other key arterials, such as the duplication of Mickleham and Somerton Roads.

Councillor Moore also responded to the Federal Government’s commitment to fund universal access to preschool.

“While a Federal commitment to fund five hours of preschool until 2020 is a step in the right direction, the reality is that it still does not give parents of young children the certainty they need beyond next year,” Cr Moore said.

“Funding uncertainty means families could face a gap of $2000 extra per child, unless the Federal Government commits to ongoing funding beyond 2020.

“Council will continue to work with other councils to advocate to the Federal Government for a long-term commitment to kindergarten funding.”

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Posted on 1:35 PM, 4 April 2019

Updated : 2:37 PM, 4 April 2019

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