The 2020/21 state budget handed down by Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday included a range of measures to boost the economy which has been dented by the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is what the local MPs had to say on the budget which placed restaurant vouchers, record spending on infrastructure and tax cuts as the bricks in the path back to prosperity.
Tanya Davies (Mulgoa MP)
"COVID-19 has driven unemployment in NSW to its highest level in decades, this budget draws on the NSW government's proud legacy of responsible fiscal management to unleash a wave of targeted, temporary stimulus that will create jobs and charter a prudent course back to surplus in 2024-2025. The NSW Budget 2020-21 prioritises our election commitments, just as we promised, whilst turbocharging infrastructure and service delivery across the region.
Highlights across western Sydney include:
- $809.9m to commence construction work on Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Airport.
- $300.0m to continue planning for the M12 Motorway between the M7 and The Northern Road (State and Federally funded).
- $15.5m to continue design for the upgrade of The Horsley Drive between the M7 and Cowpasture Road.
- $13.0m for continued planning for the upgrade of Elizabeth Drive from the M7 to Badgerys Creek.
- $10.0m for the Kingswood Construction Hub.
- $10.4m has been allocated to complete the intersection upgrades along Erskine Park Road at Explorers Way, Peppertree Drive, Coonawarra Drive and Bennett Road.
- Western Sydney Parklands Fifteenth Avenue Business Hub will receive $1.485m towards delivering a supermarket, commercial and retail outlets, a service station and child care centre.
- The Out and About initiative will put $100 worth of vouchers in the wallets of every resident adult to go out and enjoy the best that NSW has to offer injecting millions into our hard-hit hospitality and tourism sectors.
- $337 million to provide tutors to every public school and selected non-government schools for 2021 to ensure no students are left behind.
- A $120 million investment in future generations by providing 12 months of free community preschool to ensure our little learners are well prepared to start school.
Guy Zangari (Fairfield MP)
"Once again, Fairfield has missed out on funding with zero dollars allocated to Capital Works and Maintenance in our area. This is disgraceful treatment of the people of Fairfield by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Treasurer, and shows just how little they think of us. The budget for Fairfield illustrates the Liberals and Nationals neglect of the area. This theme has continued for the past 10 budgets since they came to power. I will keep fighting for Fairfields fair share of funding. I wont remain silent or be silenced by this government."
Melanie Gibbons (Holsworthy MP)
"We are providing record levels of funding in areas such emergency services, mental health, public transport infrastructure and health, to name a few. The NSW government are continuing on with the delivery of commitments and announcements already made, with funding allocated toward:
- The duplication of Heathcote Road between Holsworthy and Voyager Point.
- Investigations and planning for the upgrade of Heathcote Road between Voyager Point and Heathcote.
- Commuter car park upgrades at Casula, Edmondson Park, Leppington and Warwick Farm.
- New schools and school upgrades like those at Edmondson Park and in Liverpool.
- Continuing on with the upgrade of Liverpool Hospital and car park.
- Assisting Liverpool City Council provide more shared pathways in Chipping Norton, Liverpool and Moorebank.
- The planning of the Metro South West extension from Bankstown to Liverpool.
I look forward to continuing to help progress the delivery of these projects and cant wait to see the positive benefits I know they will bring for our local community."
Liverpool MP Paul Lynch
"There are some pretty severe problems with this budget. Its dependent upon further privatisation in breach of the Premiers commitment before the last election. And it depends on wage cuts to nurses, teachers, cleaners, police, and paramedics. It has no plan for jobs in the state, especially after Jobkeeper ends in March. It does nothing to solve the lack of adequate funding for services at Liverpool Hospital. Its provisions for schools in the region is completely inadequate."
Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong
It is appalling there is once again no money for lifts at Macquarie Fields Station in this years budget. My constituents have been pleading for basic infrastructure and equal access to the transport network for years. But the Liberal Government keeps allocating money for upgrades in their own electorates, despite an Auditor-Generals report saying there is a greater need for lifts at Macquarie Fields. My campaigns for a new school in Edmondson Park and an upgrade to Passfield Park School have paid off with the Liberal Government finally allocating money in this years budget after years of inaction. I still want answers on exactly what that $3 million at Edmondson Park will get us and when the money needed for construction will be allocated."