SPARE seats were in short supply for lunch on Thursday 29 June in Somerville as the Committee for Mornington Peninsula hosted a Victorian budget briefing with Treasurer Tim Pallas.
Committee CEO Josh Sinclair said he and Pallas had discussed the need to keep funding allocated for infrastructure projects within the peninsula region.
“We also talked about how we can better advocate within a metropolitan Melbourne designation and the importance of government investing in road, public transport and infrastructure upgrades – particularly on the Western Port side of the peninsula,” Sinclair said.
Committee members asked Pallas about payroll tax concessions and comparisons to other areas of Victoria; “inclusive” workforces; business taxes; finance for infrastructure projects on the peninsula; and higher education training opportunities for young workers.
Committee members at the lunch with Pallas included Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors, BlueScope Western Port, Hart Marine, Gazzola Farms and Macpherson Kelley.
Sinclair said the committee would like to make the post-budget briefing an annual event with the treasurer.