Show us the money Mr Eren

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

river­ine­herald.com.au MEM­BER for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh has ac­cused the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment of hypocrisy over its fund­ing of the big­gest ski race in the world – the South­ern 80.

In State Par­lia­ment last week Mr Walsh asked Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events John Eren when he was go­ing to re­in­state ‘‘the money his gov­ern­ment promised to the South­ern 80’’.

Mr Walsh said that in a press re­lease dated Au­gust 31 the La­bor Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp in­cluded the South­ern 80 in a list of on­go­ing in­vest­ments the La­bor Gov­ern­ment was proud to sup­port.

“The facts are that in 2016 the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to a spon­sor­ship agree­ment of $55,000 per year for three years to sup­port the South­ern 80,’’ he said.

“Af­ter only one year of that agree­ment, the gov­ern­ment with­drew the fund­ing.

“The South­ern 80 is a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing run by a ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers and the with­drawal of the gov­ern­ment fund­ing has put the com­mit­tee un­der se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial pres­sure.

“It is the height of hypocrisy that Mr Gepp would have the pub­lic be­lieve his gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing on­go­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to this ma­jor event, when in fact it is not.’’

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