20 February 2018
The Andrews Labor Government was asked earlier today to explain a serious discrepancy regarding their funding of the Ballarat City Council’s bicycle plan.
According to the Andrews Labor Government, $9.3 million has been provided to implement a Ballarat’s cycling plan, which originally included the deeply unpopular proposal to close six intersections on Sturt St.
However, the agenda for the Ballarat City Council meeting to be held on Wednesday lists the total funding to be provided to Council to deliver the project as only $8.17 million.
Member for Western Victoria Joshua Morris raised these concerns in Question Time in Parliament today.
“Despite announcing $9.3 million for this project, the Government is only offering to provide Council with $8.17 million,” Mr Morris said.
“Where has the missing $1 million gone? Did the Andrews Labor Government spend that money to promote the unpopular Sturt St closures, despite the clear community opposition to such a terrible plan?”
“This project is going from bad to worse. Having finally been forced to listen to the community on Sturt St, now Labor is short-changing the Ballarat City Council and not delivering on what they promised. They simply can’t be trusted.”
“I asked Minister Jaala Pulford in Question Time what has happened to this money – more than $1 million. The people of Ballarat deserve answers.”