MEDIA RELEASE: Purcell welcomes budget

Member for Western Victoria James Purcell is thrilled south-west Victoria has finally received a decent slice of the budget pie.

Mr Purcell said the items that were funded were important to south-west Victorian communities and projects he had been personally campaigning for.

"I am thrilled Moyne Health Services has secured more than $2 million for its urgent care facility," Mr Purcell said.

"This will improve patient care and is shovel ready so we look forward to seeing it become a reality.

"Gaining a fourth daily weekday train service is another very welcome addition to the budget and a huge step towards our hopes for improved rail services in south-west Victoria."

Mr Purcell said another very rewarding project was the pedestrian safety upgrade outside Koroit Primary School.

"This is a fantastic achievement as it was a community-driven campaign instigated by a student. It just goes to show that passion and dedication can pay off.

"These projects are obviously in addition to the millions that will be sent on schools across south-west Victoria.

"There's also a substantial allocation for rural roads and we are hopeful there will be a decent amount for our region."

Mr Purcell said that while the budget was very positive for south-west Victoria he would be campaigning for further funding for south-west Victoria.

"Stage 2 of the Warrnambool hospital needs funding and we need a fifth daily rail service to Warrnambool as well as further upgrades.

"There's still a lot more work to be done."