THE Victorian State Budget has largely overlooked the Greater Hamilton district for the second financial year in a row, causing some political discomfort for the two conservative Lowan candidates.
Billions of dollars has been allocated for big ticket projects in Melbourne and tens of millions has been earmarked schools and hospitals in key marginal seat areas around Ballarat and Geelong.
Nationals candidate Emma Kealy said she was “disappointed to be quite honest” that Horsham received a total of $17 million in extra school funding but Hamilton and its surrounding towns will have to wait for general departmental funds.
“If I become the local member I will lobby for funding from the allocated funds for roads, educational and health,” she said.
When asked what she would lobby for specifically, Ms Kealy said she would act on a motion passed at the recent National Party conference in Benalla to restore state and Commonwealth funding for Hamilton’s National Centre for Farmer Health.
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