The Victorian State Budget has a focus on rebuilding Victoria’s mental health system.

However, the Budget does not address the Crisis on the Frontline of local government – the underfunding of services and the suppression of wage growth across the sector.

Our Crisis on the Frontline campaign is designed to address the impacts of rate capping that is putting pressure on local government workers to deliver services with inadequate resources and holding down workers’ wages.

Despite failing to address the desperate need for an overall increase in funding to Victorian councils, there were a small number of positives initiatives funded in the Budget.

  • $50 million for the Growing Suburbs Fund to continue to deliver hundreds of local infrastructure projects and community facilities in Melbourne’s fastest-growing areas.
  • $1.4 million to improve rural road management
  • $11.5 million to continue the Roadside Weeds and Pests control program
  • $9.3 million for the Public Libraries Resource Program to enable our libraries to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs
  • review of council emergency management capability – the Councils and Emergencies project – will receive $280,000 to complete the third and final phase, with a report expected to be completed by the end of the year.

You can find all the detail on the Victorian Budget here:

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