The 2018 State Liberal budget has received mixed reactions from the Member for Frome, Geoff Brock.
Mr Brock had spoken to the Premier Steven Marshall and Treasurer Rob Lucas prior to the announcements made last Tuesday and was satisfied that all election promises affecting Frome were being kept.
He was pleased to see that the concession of the emergency services levy had been reintroduced, that over 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships will be subsidised- hopeful that they will assist the Spencer Gulf and that several announcements regarding Clare had been made. He made note that the Port Pirie Regional Hospital did not receive any funding and he believes that the renal unit is in great need of additional resources.
“The renal units at the hospital need to be increase because they are working six days a week of my understanding and I fought to get those units there in the first place”, Mr Brock said.
Mr Brock did welcome the $12 million over four years that is said to deliver additional chemotherapy services in regional areas.
“It will be of great benefit and will enable patients to receive treatment closer to home.”
Yet the announcement of a rise in rent for those in housing trusts angered Mr Brock.
“That is something we are going to have to monitor very closely to make certain those people aren’t affected anymore. I call on the federal government to increase the pension concessions, the rate of the pension because that is where it comes from.”
The Horrocks Highway missed out on any additional funding and Mr Brock spoke personally to the Premier after the budget who simply stated that they can not announce everything straight away.
“Although $315 million has been set aside for the regional roads and infrastructure fund for the coming four years I am talking with the Premier about the importance of upgrading the Horrocks Highway which I believe should be included in every budget until it is fixed.”