Some joy, but much despair

CATTLE farmers are among the winners but the Wangaratta District Specialist School was one of the losers in the 2015/16 state budget.

The Labor Government honoured its election promise to help fund the Wangaratta Saleyards and although no figure was listed in the budget papers, the promise had been for $500,000.

The money will come out of the new Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, set up to support regional development.

The Wangaratta District Specialist School had been hoping for funding in the budget to pay for extra land and a new building to replace its outdated facilities.

The Coalition made an election promise to fund the move if re-elected, but Labor did not support that promise.

Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) told the Wangaratta Chronicle he was disappointed as he saw the Specialist School as a priority for the region.

“If they’re delivering the biggest education budget in history, then Wangaratta is missing out,” he said.

“This budget is all about Melbourne, there’s not much for country Victoria.”

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