Members for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet say the Government had managed to build and repair the NSW economy at the same time.
“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 Elliott said.
“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.
“By managing our finances responsibly, the NSW 2013-14 Budget commits a record $18 billion to Health and $13.95 billion to education.”
Mr Elliott said the highlights of the State Budget for the electorate of Baulkham Hills included almost $2 million for the construction of six new group homes for people with intellectual impairment in Western Sydney, funding for the widening of Memorial Avenue in Kellyville, new bus bay facilities at Ackling Street and Edward Street in Baulkham Hills and traffic signals at the intersection of Windsor and Anderson Roads in Northmead.
“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.” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Perrottet said the Hills area would benefit from $800,000 in construction funding at the Cumberland Forest, $3 million for the upgrade of Showground Road between Old Northern and Carrington Roads, $130 million for school crossing supervisors across the state and $740 million for extra bus services across Sydney.
Of particular interest to the Hills community is the North West Rail Link. The Budget has outlined $4 billion for construction over the next four years and $806 million this year for construction of the 36km North West Rail Link which will see the first tunnel boring machines enter the ground next year.
By 2019 the North West Rail Link will be operational and would have had more than $8.9 billion go into this much needed infrastructure project for North West Sydney.
The project will involve 15.5 km of twin tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping and a 4 km above-ground section. Eight new stations are proposed: Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road, with 4,000 commuter car parking spaces.
“This is a clear sign that this project will get done and is one of the biggest priorities of this Government.” Member for Castle Hill, Dominic Perrottet, said.
A major project development is also Showground Road which has received $3 million this year from the State Government to begin construction. More funding will follow but this along with QIC funding will see Showground Road transformed into a 4 lane road and, at a later date, the renovation of Castle Towers to become a central hub of the Hills.
“More than 40 years ago the Askin Government purchased land alongside the road because it acknowledged that it needed to be upgraded. Despite that, the former Labor Government did nothing for years,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The condition of that road represents everything that was wrong with the former Labor Government. The road, which has been a goat track for 16 years and which is one of the worst roads in Sydney, is a feeder connection between Windsor Road and Old Northern Road.
“This is a huge breakthrough for residents of the Hills area. This is not only a win for those living in Castle Hill but also those from the Norwest and Victoria Avenue areas travelling up to Castle Towers as well as residents living in Glenhaven, Kellyville and Rouse Hill.
“I am thrilled that we could secure this funding for a very deserving community.”
The current design will be on display later this month at The Hills Shire Council. The construction of the upgrade begins in 2015 and will be completed as soon as possible.