The NSW Budget 2012-13 commits to building for the future and invests to meet the growing needs of the Hills District.
“In these difficult economic times, this Budget builds for the State’s future through responsible spending to deliver more housing and more infrastructure to stimulate economic growth” Treasurer Mike Baird said.
“The Budget builds better services including more nurses, more police and more teachers throughout NSW.
“Due to the unprecedented drop in revenue the Government has made some tough decisions, however our investments now will make a huge difference for the future,” Mr Baird said.
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott welcomed the Budget’s focus on infrastructure to get the North West moving again.
“While the Federal Government is contributing less to NSW infrastructure, the NSW Budget increases infrastructure spending by 17 per cent over the next four years, compared with the last four years.” Mr Elliott said.
The NSW Budget set aside $360 million for property acquisition with preliminary construction preparation for the North West Rail Link and a further $3.3 billion over for years allocated to the project.
“We have seen the plans, and now we will see the beginnings of the rail link being built by this time next year” said Mr Elliott.
Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet also welcomed the announcement
“This budget shows that the construction of the North West Rail Link remains our top infrastructure priority.”
Mr Elliott also welcomed the announcement of repaving of Old Windsor Road at Winston Hills and Old Toongabbie at a cost of $660,000.
“Old Windsor Road has been a menace for some time with poor surfaces between Abbott Road and Seven Hills Road, and also between Oakes Road and Hammers Road,” Mr Elliott said.
“This resurfacing work is a demonstration of the commitment of the O’Farrell Government to practical solutions to improve safety and comfort on our roads.”
Mr Perrottet welcomed the decision by the O’Farrell Government to start rebuilding New South Wales after more than a decade of stagnation on infrastructure.
“The people of the Hills will see in this Budget a focus on building better infrastructure for the services we rely on every day,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This improvement in infrastructure in the Hills is embodied in the confirmation of construction preparation, which means tenders for the major construction work will soon be called for.
Mr Perrottet was also pleased by roads funding announcements for Castle Hill, with Showground Road receiving $500,000 in funding and Old Northern Road traffic signals receiving upgrades of $335,000.
“The funds for Showground Road will ensure that the plans for the upgrade are completed a vital step towards realising this important development for our community.” Mr Perrottet said.
“The upgrade of Showground Road and traffic signals on Old Northern Road will provide a safer roads network in the Hills for all who use our roads.”
This year $360 million will be spent on the North West rail link, delivering on the most significant expansion of the rail network in decades.
First homebuyers will be up to $19,245 better off when they buy a new home under a new Building the State package to boost housing construction. Under this package, Sydney Water will deliver sewer services for the Cattai Creek catchment, accelerating the release of 2,000 properties in North Kellyville.
The Budget includes a $30 million boost to our Local Government Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, which helps councils with the cost of loans to address infrastructure backlogs. Parramatta Council was one of the 69 councils that applied in the first round.