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Response to Victorian Budget 2021-22
The Committee for Mornington Peninsula is disappointed that the Mornington Peninsula received just 0.09 per cent of the funding announced for our neighbours in greater Geelong in this year’s State Budget.
$424,000 of new funding was announced for the Mornington Peninsula whilst $463.43 million of new funding was announced for Greater Geelong,
which has the same enrolled population as the Mornington Peninsula.
After extended and repeated metropolitan Melbourne lockdowns, the CfMP would have expected more support for our local businesses and public assets and services to help the Mornington Peninsula to recover, however no new funding was announced for our local hospitals, schools,
TAFE, parks, roads or public transport services in this Budget.
Disappointingly, new taxes will be imposed on major employers on the Mornington Peninsula and our residential and commercial properties will be taxed at a higher rate as businesses and property owners attempt to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
We remain hopeful that over the coming months, the Victorian Government will announce local funding initiatives for the Mornington Peninsula
from the state-wide funding programs announced in this State Budget.
This unpredictability of government decision-making contributes to the general unease in the community about unforeseeable restrictions that
could be imposed upon Victorians at any moment.
The lack of a clear and consistent approach to reopening and locking down Victorian communities erodes business and consumer confidence to
plan, resulting in damaging effects to local economies, community mental health outcomes and the reputation of Victoria as the place to be.
Long-term Covid Readiness Plan Essential for Victorian Cities and Regions
Victorian members of the Committees for Cities and Regions are calling on the Victorian Government to actively consult with the community to
develop a long-term Covid readiness plan for Victorian cities and regions.
As Victoria faces another long weekend under lockdown-style conditions, the Committees are calling for a common set of publicly available
and industry-informed standards to be applied to decision-making on Covid restrictions in Victoria.