A STATE Liberal MP has called on his Coalition colleagues in Canberra to find funding for Hamilton’s National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) in this month’s budget.
Upper House member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay said the State Government had pledged $250,000 towards the centre to “complement a national approach to a national problem” and urged the Abbott Government to do the same.
The State Government contribution is conditional on the Commonwealth chipping in $750,000, with the centre needing $1 million in annual base funding to continue its work beyond June this year.
Mr Ramsay’s plea came as the Nationals State Conference in Benalla on Saturday considered a motion from the party’s Lowan sub-branch for the state and federal governments to match funding to ensure the centre’s continuation.
Mr Ramsay declared himself a “strong advocate” for the ongoing funding of the centre through the Western District Hospital Service.
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