Health, welfare and renewable energy major Federal budget concerns for Indi
MORE than 1000 people in Indi have identified health and welfare, renewable energy and education as the top three concerns in the Indi Budget Impact Tour 2017 report.
The report, which details the responses of Indi constituents who completed the Indi Budget Impact Survey 2017, following the handing down of the 2017 Federal Budget in May 9, was released last week by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).
Ms McGowan said in summary the Indi Budget Survey identified health, education and environment as the electorate’s major priorities.
“The percentage of respondents who highlighted their priorities were 93 per cent form health and welfare; 92 per cent for education; 89 per cent for renewable energy; 88 per cent for employment; 82 per cent for trains; 78 per cent for regional policy; 76 per cent for the NBN and 58 per cent for the arts,” she said.
Ms McGowan was delighted by the response from Indi’s young people.
“Most heartening has been that young people aged between 14 and 25 have heard my call to share their thoughts and opinions,” she said.
“Almost 140 young people or 17 per cent of the survey’s respondents let me know what they thought about a budget that shapes their futures.
“Their priorities were access to education and the cost of going to university, as well as mental health, jobs, climate change and renewable energy.
“As their independent representative, I reiterate my commitment to ensure their voices are heard by this government.”
One of the major purposes of the report is to provide information to the government from the electorate and will be sent to the Prime Minister, government ministers, opposition MPs and Victorian senators.