A State-Building Budget for a Better Future in Penrith
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomed the 2019/20 Budget that delivers on the government’s commitment to maintaining a strong economy, which boosts jobs while keeping the budget in surplus over the next four years.
Stuart Ayres said, “This budget delivers for the people of Penrith not just with investment in our community but also ensures that our state stays strong over the next four years.”
“This budget helps families in the Penrith area with the cost of living relief including the doubling of the Active Kids Rebate, toll relief, transfer duty exemptions and energy rebate.”
Budget highlights for Penrith include:
- Additional Police for Nepean and Blue Mountains Local Area Commands as part of the 1,500 set to join the Force
- New nurses and midwives for Nepean Hospital through the 5,000 workforce boost
- New teachers as part of the 4,600 additional teachers state-wide
- Opal capped at $50 per week
- Energy Switch expanded to include electricity and gas to help families get the best deal
- Active Kids Vouchers 2 x $100 per year and Creative Kids 1 x $100 per year
- New Seniors Card and $200 energy rebate for self-funded retirees
- Planning for a new child and adolescent mental health unit at Nepean Hospital
- New commuter car park at Emu Plains train station
- Investing in Sport and Recreation with upgrades for Penrith Tennis Centre, Lapstone Oval, Parker Street Fields, Leonay Oval, Eileen Cammack Reserve, Hickeys Lane expansion and a new synthetic running track for Penrith
- Infrastructure upgrades for Kingswood High School, Cranebrook High School, Jamison High School, Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Kingswood Park Public School, Kingswood South Public School, Lapstone Public School, York Public School and the Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Centre
- $404.4 million towards upgrading the Northern Road between Narellan and Penrith
- $145.3 million towards planning and preconstruction activities for the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan
- $107.4 million for 2019-20 on M4 Smart Motorway, a motorway management system, being introduced on the M4 Motorway between Parramatta and Penrith to increase trip reliability and improve road safety
- $196.2 million in 2019-20 (as part of a $550 million project) for the Nepean Hospital and integrated ambulatory services Redevelopment
- Renewal of Lapstone train station, Kingswood station upgrade, Glenbrook Station upgrade
- Transforming the Regatta Park precinct in Penrith under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program
- $10 million for the Nepean River Parklands in Penrith as part of the Strategic Open Spaces Program
- $260 million to upgrade Mulgoa Road from Jeanette Street to Glenmore Parkway and Jamison Road to Blaikie Road.
“This Budget is delivering world-class services, record infrastructure and help for those in need while also delivering for our Penrith community,” Stuart Ayres said.
Stuart Ayres also welcomed the $15 million investment to support research for spinal cord injuries.
A surplus of $802 million is projected for 2018-19, with surpluses averaging $1.7 billion over the four years to 2022-23 continuing the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ strong financial management even in the face of tougher economic conditions.
Net debt is negative for a fourth consecutive year with the Government’s record infrastructure pipeline over two terms boosting economic activity and contributing to the continued growth in the State’s net worth which is set to reach $311 billion by 2023.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is determined to deliver the benefits of a strong Budget to people across NSW.
“This Budget delivers on our promise to provide greater opportunities and quality of life for all citizens across NSW, no matter where they live or their personal circumstances,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Only through a strong Budget are we able to provide cost of living relief to households, invest unprecedented amounts in infrastructure and services, and support the most vulnerable in our community.”
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said: “This is a state building budget that stays the course in the face of economic headwinds, because it is built on the foundation of eight years of strong financial management.”
“Our financial strength means we can do more to help those most in need, while delivering on our commitments and continuing to transform our state.”
Budget Highlights include:
- A drought relief package now at $1.8 billion will help farmers endure the present crisis and build long term resilience
- Funding for 2,300 new early childhood education places, 4,600 more teachers, 190 new and upgraded schools, before and after school care and $500 million for better facilities in non-government schools
- An unprecedented boost to frontline health services will deliver better quality healthcare, funding an historic 8,300 additional nurses, midwives, doctors and medical and support staff, 45 per cent of which will be located in regional NSW
- More than $10 billion will be spent on hospital and health infrastructure to deliver 29 new and upgraded hospitals and health facility projects over the next four years
- A new record $55.6 billion budget for road and transport projects propels the state’s overall infrastructure investment to $93 billion, with funding for major projects already underway including WestConnex and Metro City and Southwest and breaking ground on the West Metro next year
- The Budget cuts payroll tax and provides 100,000 fee free VET and TAFE courses to support the Government’s goal of creating 250,000 more jobs and strengthen our economy.
“This is a Budget that only the NSW Liberals & Nationals could deliver, because we manage the finances well so we can get the job done,” Mr Perrottet said.
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