The 2014-15 Budget delivers on the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to boost infrastructure and services in Baulkham Hills with significant investments in transport, health and roads.
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said after three years repairing Labor’s mess, the NSW Budget is powerfully positioned to deliver the services people are right to expect.
“When we came to office in 2011 – NSW lagged on all economic fronts,” Mr Elliott said.
“We were lagging on jobs growth, productivity, housing approvals and business confidence.
“In three short years we have seen NSW rise again to become the powerhouse of the nation – we are growing three times the rate of Queensland and Victoria, housing approvals are at their highest levels in over a decade and the unemployment rate is the second lowest in the nation.”
Mr Elliott said the 2014-15 Budget includes funding for the following projects:
- More than $863 million on the 36 kilometre North West Rail Link – a project promised, cancelled and promised by Labor for over a decade. The NSW Liberals & Nationals are building it.
- $398 million for the WestConnex Motorway – the largest road project in the country.
- $109 million for road upgrades to support Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek.
- $5 million to commence the Westmead Hospital redevelopment.
- $81 million to continue the redevelopment of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.
Mr Elliott said the Budget also increases the threshold for the $15,000 First Home Owners Grant, to help more first home buyers get into the housing market sooner.
“We want to make it easy as we can to help first-time buyers get the keys to their new home – that’s why we’re increasing the threshold to $750,000 – an increase of $100,000,” Mr Elliott said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is also supporting businesses to grow with a further reduction to WorkCover premiums, with employers to benefit from an average premium rate reduction of five per cent.
“This is on top of the average 12.5 per cent rate reductions delivered in 2013.
“We’re also providing $100,000 in additional funding for Baulkham Hills through the Community Building Partnership program. This will allow more community groups and councils to receive funding that will provide positive social, recreational and environmental outcomes in the local community.
Applications can be made at www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au and close Friday 18 July.
Mr Elliott said he is proud to be part of a government that is building for the future and places the needs of the community first.