The 2017-18 Budget has delivered a funding boost for the local region unlocking a future full of opportunities for individuals, families and businesses.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the Coalition Government’s commitment to regional Australia would help secure growth, investment and resilience in local communities.
“I am delighted to see an $8.4 billion investment in the Inland Rail project which will expand markets for our local primary producers,” Mr Buchholz said.
“It is one of the largest investments ever seen in regional Australia and will create local job opportunities.”
Mr Buchholz said the Government will also establish a $472 million Regional Growth Fund which will deliver critical infrastructure to ensure the local area would not miss out on the nation’s success.
“I am pleased to see a continuing investment in our region through the Roads to Recovery and Black Spot Programs which aim to construct, repair, upgrade and improve the safety of our local roads.”
“Our local area will benefit from the Stronger Communities Program which funds capital projects in our local communities.”
Mr Buchholz said agriculture was a key driver locally.
“The Government’s commitment to establish a Regional Investment Corporation to streamline the delivery of up to $4 billion in concessional loans will benefit our local primary producers.”
“Local dairy farmers would benefit from a $2 million investment in creating a Commodity Price Index to help with planning and decision making.”
“And $8.3 million will be invested in the livestock export industry to develop a more effective and efficient assurance system for local exporters.”
“The Budget contains really positive and practical policies for our local area, this funding will make our fantastic region even better.”