Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

2016-17 NSW BUDGET: RECORD INVESTMENT IN SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Tuesday June 21, 2016

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, today congratulated Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian for handing down a Budget that will secure the long-term future of NSW and Mulgoa, with record investments for essential services, including health, education and Family and Community Services,.

 

Notably, the 2016-17 NSW Budget has forecast a surplus of $3.7 billion in 2016-17, an increase from the $3.4 billion surplus reported in 2015-16, along with projecting budget surpluses across the forward estimates period.

 

“The Baird Government has shown the necessary financial discipline and economic competence to turn this State around, from one of the worst performing states, across various economic indicators in the country under the former NSW Labor Government, to the State leading the nation,” Tanya Davies said.

 

The 2016-17 NSW Budget also forecasts an unprecedented infrastructure investment of $73.3 billion over the next four years, with State government spending on infrastructure almost double that invested by the former Labor Government during its last four years in office.

 

“The Baird Government is committed to delivering for the people of NSW and Mulgoa, by funding critical infrastructure, as well as supporting frontline workers, with funding for more teachers, nurses and police,” said Tanya Davies.

 

“Significantly, this Budget is one that will make a positive difference to the lives of people right throughout NSW, with record investments in public services, including $21 billion in health services, $13.3 billion for education and $8.1 billion allocated to ensure community safety,” Tanya Davies said.

 

Since coming to office in 2011, NSW has created 338,600 jobs. In the last 13 months, 154,000 jobs have been created in NSW, exceeding the Baird Government’s election commitment of 150,000 jobs to be created by 2019.

 

Infrastructure projects funded in the 2016-17 Budget for Mulgoa include:

  • $32 million for the complete construction of the upgrade of Old Wallgrove Road between the M7 Motorway and Erskine Park Link Road;
  • $14 million for the planning and upgrade of The Northern Road between Glenmore Parkway and the M4;
  • Over $7 million for the commencement of intersection upgrades at Erskine Park Road and Bennett Road, Coonawarra Drive, Pepper Tree Drive and Explorers Way;
  • $6 million allocated for planning for the new M12 motorway;
  • $1.5 million for continued planning for the upgrade of The Horsley Drive between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road;
  • $1.3 million for the continued planning of the upgrade of Mamre Road between the M4 Motorway and James Erskine Drive; and
  • $1.7 million for a portion of pavement at Park Road to be strengthened as part of general maintenance, west from The Northern Road at Luddenham.

 

“The Baird Government has turned the State around from having the slowest economic growth of any of the major states to the strongest performer today, with the highest and most sustained employment growth and lowest unemployment rate, a testament to this Government’s ability to deliver for the people of NSW,” said Tanya Davies.

 

“Undoubtedly, this is a Budget that is about the future, one that delivers for our community, with the people of Mulgoa reaping the infrastructure and investment benefits that flow from sound and reliable economic management, as the Baird Government and I are committed to maintaining,” Tanya Davies said.