Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today welcomed the release of the 2016-17 New South Wales budget that sees the government continue to deliver for the people of Penrith.
Stuart Ayres MP, said the NSW Government today delivered a Budget which provides record investments for essential services including health, education, Family and Community Services and continues spending to employ more frontline workers – more teachers, more nurses and more police.
The 2016-17 NSW Budget also forecasts record infrastructure investment of $73.3 billion over the next four years, with state spending on infrastructure almost double what the Labor Party spent on infrastructure in its last four years in office.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has shown financial discipline and economic competence to turn this state around from the days of Labor, making possible a Budget that will make a positive difference to the lives of all people in NSW, including in Penrith ”, Stuart Ayres said.
The 2016-17 Budget has reported a surplus of $3.4 billion in 2015-16. The Budget forecasts an even higher surplus of $3.7 billion in 2016-17 and surpluses across the forward estimates. The State’s triple-A credit rating has been reaffirmed by both ratings agencies.
Since coming to office in 2011, NSW has created 338,600 jobs. Furthermore, the NSW Government has met its election commitment to create 150,000 jobs in this term in just 13 months, with 154,000 jobs created since April 2015.
“The 2016-17 Budget delivers record investments in key services including a record $21 billion investment in health services, a record $13.3 billion on school education services, and a record $8.1 billion to ensure community safety”, Stuart Ayres said.
Infrastructure projects funded in the 2016-17 Budget in Penrith include:
· $1.9 Million to begin construction of traffic lights at The Northern Road and Andromeda Drive
· $4.5 Million to continue planning the widening of Mulgoa Road/Castlereagh Road between Andrews Road and Glenmore Parkway
· $4.8 Million to commence construction of the upgrade of the Ross Street and GWH intersection at Glenbrook
· $31 Million to start upgrading the Northern Road between the M4 and Jamison Road at South Penrith
· Almost $23 Million for the Nepean shared pedestrian cyclist bridge
· Construction of Penrith’s Ambulance superstation
· Planning for the Nepean Hospital upgrade
“The NSW Government has turned the State around from having the slowest economic growth of the major states under the previous Labor government, to having the strongest economy in the country today. The Government has taken NSW from having the lowest jobs growth of any mainland state to a position where we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, the strongest employment growth and where we are creating almost two-thirds of the nation’s jobs”, Stuart Ayres said.