State Liberal leader Stephen Marshall has slammed the State Governments latest budget, saying it lets down the regions who are facing serious unemployment and population loss issues.
Mr Marshall has called out a lack of transport freight route funding, no additional funding for regional hospitals and no relief from the Emergency Services Levy.
“Much of the state’s prosperity comes from regional South Australia and this State Budget does very little to assist businesses to address the economic issues our communities are facing,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“There are key transport freight routes across our regions and yet there’s no extra funding in this budget for regional roads despite a $1 billion road maintenance backlog in SA.
“There’s no additional funding for regional hospitals and no ESL relief – just continual rises in taxes.
“This Budget will have a huge impact on regional South Australian families and businesses in all the wrong ways.”
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis yesterday announced his budget measures for the financial year ahead, committing $3 million over the next three years to support the licensing costs of hosting a second South Australian V8 Supercar event at The Bend Motor Sport Park, $13.5 million over three years to Flows for the Future of the River Murray and $6.7 million over four years for Mt Barker and Strathalbyn’s 24 hour emergency health care.