The Nationals member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty this week in Parliament said that many good things had happened in the Lowan electorate in the past few weeks.
“I have been fortunate to have attended many functions and made many announcements of Coalition Government funding during January and early February,” Mr Delahunty said.
“On Sunday 2nd February I opened the $311,000 Nareen CFA Fire Station which is fitting recognition of the Brigade’s important contribution to the local community. The Brigade currently has 28 proud members in a proud western Victorian community,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Recent funding announcements have included $3.46 million in Coalition Government funding to repair the Dimboola and Jeparit weirs which were extensively damaged in the 2011 Wimmera River floods.”
Mr Delahunty said these valuable assets are being restored after a lot of work by the town committees, the Hindmarsh Shire and GWM Water.
“Also while I was visiting Dimboola I announced $29,186 for the Dimboola Boat and Water Ski Club to upgrade the existing boat ramp at Picnic Point on the Wimmera River and make boating a safer and more enjoyable experience for the Dimboola community,” Mr Delahunty said.
Boating is a popular pastime, and we have some magnificent waterways in the Wimmera region which are enjoyed by many locals and attract thousands of tourists every year.
“Men’s Sheds are important facilities in Lowan and I was pleased to be able to announce Hamilton will receive $30,000, Natimuk $15,566 and Edenhope $25,000,” Mr Delahunty said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government recognises the significant role that Men’s sheds play in local communities, by engaging a wide range of men, including those with a disability, farmers, war veterans, retirees and the unemployed.”
Mr Delahunty said he was delighted to be able to attend the Australia Day celebrations held in Horsham, Cavendish, Hamilton and Glenthompson.
“Each celebration was well attended and I congratulate the Councils and organising committees on the success of each of these events. I also take this opportunity to congratulate to all the Australia Day award recipients,” Mr Delahunty said.
“There has been much good news for the Lowan electorate but the down side, Lowan health services have taken a hit from the Federal Government not honoring its health budget by cutting $107m from health services across Victoria; this is in contrast to the State Coalition Government which is honoring our health budget.”
“This cash grab by the Federal Government is impacting on the five health services in Lowan and ultimately it is the patients who will suffer with longer waiting times for elective surgery or the closure of beds and wards and may even lead to job losses,” Mr Delahunty said.