Liberal Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres MP has welcomed the 2013-14 Budget and endorses the Treasurer’s view that this is a pivotal moment for the O’Farrell Government. This year’s State Budget focuses on delivering the rewards of the tough decisions and reforms undertaken by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to secure the future of NSW and Penrith.
“This budget continues the hard work of slowing expense growth, investing in vital infrastructure and reducing government debt.”
“Over the past two years the NSW Liberals & Nationals have been focused on fixing the mess left behind by Labor. By living within our means we have been able to reduce debt, while at the same time investing in those areas where it’s most needed,” Mr Ayres said.
Investments in Penrith include:
- $2 Million to upgrade the Russell St off-ramp of the M4 to improve traffic movement
- $4.2 Million to renovate and upgrade the Penrith Court House
- $1.1 Million to support the opening of a Service NSW One-Stop-Shop in Penrith
- $3.1 Million to complete Nepean Hospital Stage 3A Redevelopment and Carpark
- $2.1 Million towards construction of 5 homes to support people with a disability
- $250,000 for Bush regeneration and rehabilitation at Wianamatta Nature Reserve
- $150,000 for strategic planning on the Jane St extension
- $5 Million to continue design and construction work of Nepean River Green Bridge
- $6.5 Million towards road improvements and maintenance
“The NSW Government is committed to spending a total of $59.7 billion on infrastructure over the next four years to deliver for communities across our State, including a record $14.6 billion for infrastructure and services in public transport and roads. This record investment includes major investments in the North West Rail Link, South West Rail Link, Westconnex (inc M4 East) and the M2 – F3 connection.
“By managing our finances responsibly, the NSW 2013-14 Budget commits a record $18 billion to Health and $13.95 billion to education.
“Despite the financial challenges facing the state, this Budget shows the NSW Government is delivering on its promises to improve services for the people of NSW and protect the vulnerable.
“This Budget also expands on the Building the State package announced in last year’s Budget to further boost housing across NSW, delivering more than $300 million for priority infrastructure for new housing and extending the state’s generous first homebuyers scheme for a further two years.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has made responsible decisions to deliver for the people of NSW and Penrith”, Mr Ayres said.