Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick MP has labelled the 2023 State Budget as underwhelming with no real economic stimulus and no support for a typical South Australian family at a time when cost of living is at an all-time high.
Under Labor, South Australians are thousands of dollars worse off with higher rents, mortgages, electricity costs, groceries and fuel putting an immense strain on household budgets.
The Budget contains no funding for new projects for Murray Bridge, Mannum, Strathalbyn and the districts between. The only funding included is for the Murray Bridge North School upgrade and Old Murray Bridge Refurbishment - projects that were started under the former Marshall Liberal Government.
"I am extremely disappointed at the lack of infrastructure funding not just in Hammond but right across the state.
"Concerningly there is no new money to tackle the $3 billion road maintenance backlog and no new money for any regional road upgrades such as the duplication of the Dukes, Sturt and Augusta highways," Mr Pederick said.
Mr Pederick would have liked funding to have been included for the Swanport Bridge Duplication and South-East Links Project, and the Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass.
"Unlike the more than $200 million the former Marshall Liberal Government invested in Hammond the Labor Government have included next to nothing for this burgeoning electorate," Mr Pederick said.