Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, has congratulated the efforts of a powerhouse community campaign that’s secured funding for long overdue improvements at Mount Hotham.
Funding in the 2022-23 State Budget will be split amongst three projects, with $1.6 million going towards the Mt Higginbotham tank, $2.1 million going to a project dedicated to developing economic growth and resilience, and a final $2.5 million going towards a snow play and activity hub on Mount Hotham.
“These funds are long overdue but a testament to the tireless efforts of the local community to secure better facilities and infrastructure at Mount Hotham,” Mr McCurdy said.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns hit our ski resorts particularly hard, and it is why we must invest into future proofing the revenue streams of these businesses, whilst also providing an immediate cash injection.
“However, it should be noted that all of these projects were initiated and received funding through a variety of grants and stimulus packages available during the pandemic, and even the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant Program funded by the Commonwealth Government.
“I am glad that the state government has finally listened to my continuous lobbying for the needs of Ovens Valley. The Victorian Alps are a very popular tourist destination, and I am pleased to see that the State Government is acting on my calls for support.”
Mr. McCurdy still believes that more must be done in the Ovens Valley, and Regional Victoria, if we are to see real outcomes.
“This Budget wasn’t about repairing the damage caused by COVID-19 but about repairing the damage of eight years of the Andrews Labor Government,” Mr McCurdy said.
“We need a real plan forward but under Labor we’re getting record debt, higher taxes, more cost blowouts on Labor’s mismanaged major projects in Melbourne and funding cuts to the independent anti-corruption watchdog.
“There is still more that can happen and should happen. $6.2 million is a drop in the ocean compared to the funding given to our city cousins. We deserve our fair share.”