‘Building For The Future’ Budget Delivers More Infrastructure For Oatley

Friday, 27 July 2012

The NSW Budget 2012-13 commits to building for the future and invests to meet the growing needs of Oatley.


 


“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 Oatley, Mark Coure said he welcomed the Budget’s focus on infrastructure to get the State 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.


 


“The people of Oatley will see in this Budget a focus on building better infrastructure for the services we rely on every day,” Mr Coure said.


 


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. Kogarah and Hurstville councils were among the 69 councils that applied in the first round.


 


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. 


 


The Budget sets aside $30 million for Sydney’s next motorway so the State is ready to go when Infrastructure NSW releases the list of priority projects in September.


 


KEY PROJECTS FOR REGION



  • $13 million for St George Hospital’s Emergency Department upgrade (estimated total cost: $35.5m)

  • $4.2 million for school hall at Georges River College, Peakhurst Campus

  • $800,000 to widen Oatley Rail underpass to improve footpaths for pedestrians and rail users

  • Approximately 49 more nurses for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and an additional $560,000 for Calvary Health Care at Kogarah

  • $580,000 to complete the $14.3 million upgrade at Georges River College, Hurstville Boys Campus

  • $900,000 to start the M5 motorway upgrade between King Georges Road and Camden Valley Way

  • $1.63 million for continued improvement and upgrades to State Roads

  • $820,000 for continued improvement and upgrades to traffic lights, signs and road markings

  • $129,000 for School Crossing Supervisors at Penshurst West Public School

  • $6.2 million for Hurstville Station upgrades (estimated total cost: $34.9 million)

  • $1.33 million for Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport Inc.

  • $1.18 million for St George Community Transport Project Inc

  • $1.34 million for upgrades to NSW Community Housing

  • 155 new replacement buses for the Sydney metropolitan area in 2012-13

  • $124 million to deliver the new Opal Card for all public transport operators in the Greater Sydney region (total estimated cost: $448 million)

"Our Government is continuing to deliver on promises to NSW families and communities of the St George area," Mr Coure said.