The majority of Australia have voted and the Liberals have won. Over the past month or so their media releases, their radio interviews and their candidate forums have all come with the same catchcry of "A re-elected Coalition Government [insert promise]..... Now is the time to reflect on those Liberal promises made by the Liberal Candidate for Gilmore, Warren Mundine: May 16th: A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass as part of the $1.43 billion combined commitment of state & federal Coalition Governments to the Princes Hwy May 15th: The Nationals and Liberals in Government will allocate a further $2 million in addition to the already announced $1.53 million for a full service Headspace centre at Batemans Bay. May 15th : A re-elected Morrison-McCormack Government will help community groups in Gilmore to lower their power bills and play their part in reducing Australia’s emissions by providing grants to eligible community organisations for small-scale solar and battery projects. Under the program the Morrison-McCormack Government will provide grants for community groups to help with the costs of installing new solar photovoltaic panels and solar systems, to help reduce electricity costs, including: Batemans Bay Scouts $10,976 Moruya Surf Life Saving $9,304 Hope House $12,155 May 14th: A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $500,000 to upgrade the Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club to increase the clubhouse footprint and improve amenities for women. May 14th: First home buyers across Gilmore will have an easier path to home ownership, with a re-elected Morrison Government slashing the amount needed for first home loan deposits. From January 1 next year a re-elected Morrison Government would give first home buyers the chance to get into the market with a 5% deposit, without having to save a 20% deposit or pay thousands of dollars extra for mortgage insurance. May 13th: The Morrison Government will invest $200,000 to upgrade the Tuross Head jetty to support the growing recreational fishing and boating community and support tourism opportunities in the region.May 13th: The Morrison Government is providing $30 million over four years to protect the hearing of Indigenous children through its comprehensive Hearing Assessment targeted at rural and remote communities. May 10th: The Morrison Government has announced it will invest $1.15 million to help complete the missing links in community shared path networks in Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla. $250,000 to help complete the Moruya South Head Shared Pathway from Knightley Street to Halyard Drive May 9th: Batemans Bay’s popular foreshore and main thoroughfare will benefit from $145,000 worth of CCTV as part of the Morrison Government’s plan to keep Australians safe and secure.Under the investment, 16 wireless CCTV cameras will be installed on the foreshore and along Clyde St and Orient St up to the intersection of Beach Rd Batemans Bay. May 8th: A re-elected Morrison Government will create a dedicated ACCC “Dairy Specialist” and provide relief for energy costs for dairy farmers as part of $22 million package to help improve returns and empower dairy farmers in their commercial dealings. May 7th: I’m not waiting until the election to fix the Princes Highway. I’ve already spoken with State & Federal Ministers and secured $500 million in Federal funds to add to the $960 million NSW government commitment. That’s just a start. Parts of the road south of Nowra are simply not fit for purpose. We need divided highway all the way and a Nowra bypass to support a growing local population and millions of holiday makers. The State and Federal Governments have invested in the Pacific Highway with an 80/20 funding split and with high levels of local employment. I want the same here. May 6th: The Morrison Government is making taxes lower, simpler & fairer by tackling “bracket creep”. When wages increase in line with inflation, workers move into higher tax brackets. Bracket creep means you pay more tax even though your real income hasn’t changed compared to the cost of living. We’re fixing this by lowering tax rates, adjusting bracket thresholds & increasing the low income tax offset. Under our plan, 94% of taxpayers will pay no more than 30% personal income tax. The top 5% of taxpayers will continue to pay around a third of all personal income tax collected. April 30th: The Liberals will provide immediate tax relief for over 10 million Australians of up to $1,080 p/a and ensure 94% of taxpayers have a personal marginal tax rate of no more than 30%. Over 56,000 Gilmore taxpayers will get tax relief in 2018-19, over 20,000 getting the full $1,080 April 28th: The Morrison Government will invest $1.2 million for a new surf lifesaving training facility to support Australia’s flagship rescue organisation across the NSW south coast.The proposed South Coast Surf Life Saving Branch Headquarters would house the training, administration and storage needs for the nine Surf Life Saving Clubs in Gilmore. April 11th; Liberals and Nationals promote commitment to invest in new radiation therapy services the Eurobodalla April 3rd: The Southern NSW Local Health Network, which includes Batemans Bay and Moruya hospitals, will receive $147.2 million in Activity Based Funding from the Australian Government by 2024-2025. The funding is an increase of $103.9 million or 240 per cent between 2012-2013 and 2024-2025. Feb 11th: Liberal for Gilmore Warren Mundine has welcomed the Morrison Government’s latest funding investment in aged care, which will deliver $320 million for residential aged care and an additional 10,000 home care packages across all levels as part of a new $662 million package to support older Australians. The $320 million residential aged care component equates to approximately $1,800 per permanent resident.
In Narooma May 1st: Liberal candidate for Eden Monaro, Fiona Kotvojs announced Men’s shed Narooma $40,000
Above: Just under half of the country awoke this morning with a disappointment that it will be business as usual with the return of a Morrison Government. The majority however rose with smiles knowing that mana was now going to fall from the heavens in Gilmore at least.