Victoria’s native timber industry worth less than one level cross removal

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has slammed the Andrews Labor Government for it’s appalling devaluation of native timber industry workers.

Ms Bath said she is incredibly angry at Daniel Andrews with his media release this week boasting Labor are providing $744 million for level crossings in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach and $166 million to remove a level crossing in Berwick.

“This expenditure is hugely insulting when Labor only committed a paltry $120 million over 10 years to support thousands of timber workers who are destined to lose their jobs after Daniel Andrews announced he is planning to close their industry.

“Daniel Andrews sees fit to splash around $910 million to improve travel time by a few minutes for Melbourne commuters, yet he only throws about chicken feed at the livelihood of regional workers he betrayed.

“Labor clearly has its priorities all wrong.

“Under Daniel Andrews, the livelihood of timber industry workers is worth substantially less than one level crossing removal in Melbourne.

“It is disgraceful and an insult to the thousands of hardworking timber workers across the state.”

Ms Bath said The Nationals will continue to fight against the planned closure of the native timber industry.

“It is abundantly clear how little Daniel Andrews thinks of regional people, our industry and jobs – we are simply considered disposable,” said Ms Bath.

“Financial support in regional areas and support for regional jobs is grossly inadequate and totally disproportionate.

“Gippslanders have long memories and will not forget Labor’s abandonment of workers in regional industries.”