Posted on 28. Apr, 2011 in News

The Baillieu-Ryan Government is failing regional Victorians impacted by this year’s devastating floods by turning its back on $500 million from the Federal Government, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development Jacinta Allan said today.

“The floods caused significant damage across Victoria, impacting thousands of families and homes,” Ms Allan said.

“More than 90 towns across 25 Victorian municipalities have been affected, with thousands of homes, businesses and farms inundated with flood-water or isolated.

“The clean up and recovery is ongoing, with roads closed and infrastructure still waiting to be repaired.

“That’s why it’s so disappointing that Mr Baillieu’s inability to deliver for Victorians means the Federal funding has still not been spent.

“The money is there and Mr Baillieu needs to get on with the job of rebuilding areas impacted by the floods.

“If Queensland can secure the money from the Commonwealth, why can’t the Baillieu-Ryan Government?

“Mr Bailllieu must ensure this much-needed funding starts flowing to flood-affected communities.”

Ms Allan said the Baillieu-Ryan Government had been slow in responding to what communities needed.

“It has taken too long for Mr Ryan and Mr Baillieu to get on with the job of helping communities get back on their feet,” she said.

“Mr Baillieu is trying to shift the blame but he needs to understand that he’s the one who is standing in the way of the assistance.

“Mr Baillieu should roll up his sleeves, stop dithering and start the heavy lifting to get this money to flood impacted communities.

“Next week’s State Budget must provide significant additional funding to flood affected communities.

“And the Baillieu-Ryan Government must make sure the Federal funding flows to regional areas now.”

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