20 June 2017

2017-18 NSW BUDGET: NSW AND THE ALBURY ELECTORATE

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin welcomed the NSW Budget today, saying “A huge amount of planning, lobbying and effort has gone into this Budget which sets out the roadmap for the continual upgrading of Albury’s resources and infrastructure. Today, with the release of formerly confidential Budget information, I can reveal more of what is planned for Albury.”

Highlights for all of us in NSW:

  • Record investment in infrastructure … Again. Restart NSW is investing $29.8 billion.
  • Budget in surplus. Again. $4.5 billion for 2016-17, $2.7 billion for 2017-18.
  • State debt completely cleared. Again. Negative $7.8 billion.
  • AAA Credit Rating.
  • NSW is the first state to approach a quarter of a trillion dollars in net worth.
  • NSW continues to be the state with the lowest unemployment rate. Again
  • Abolishing Stamp Duty for First Home Buyers.
  • Abolishing Stamp Duty on lenders’ mortgage insurance for first home buyers.
  • $100m Palliative Care Package with a focus on regional areas.
  • $1 billion Securing Country Water Program to ensure rural communities have access to high-quality, reliable and affordable water.
  • $63m to increase Child Protection Caseworkers.
  • An additional $217.3m for Pre-School Fee Relief.
  • An additional $20m for transitional housing and support services for the homeless.
  • $1 billion for ambulance services, including 50 additional relief paramedics to assist in reducing fatigue in those working in regional areas.
  • Tax duties abolished for small businesses (turnover less than $2m) insurances on commercial vehicles, professional indemnity and public liability.
  • Farmers benefit with abolition of tax duties on crop and livestock insurance.
  • Families are the big winners from this year’s record $401m sport budget, with parents in NSW eligible for a $100 rebate to cover sporting club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child.
  • $79m to ease cost of living pressures for pensioners by subsidising council rates and charges through the Pensioners Rebate Scheme.
  • $16m to support councils through the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.
  • The NSW Government has expanded its emergency assistance to include more welfare groups that can offer the state’s most vulnerable energy customers help to pay electricity and gas bills, with rebates to total more than $1 billion over four years.

 

Highlights for the Albury Electorate:

Health:

  • $30m to completely re-imagine, expand and reconstruct a 21st century Emergency Department for Albury Hospital, which will address issues of overcrowding, staff security and improved service for those seeking urgent medical attention.
  • The next tranche of funding for the continuing rebuild and upgrade of Regional Multipurpose Services for Tumbarumba and Culcairn.
  • In addition to this new infrastructure spending, the NSW Government continues to provide record levels of funding for nurses, doctors, treatment and services: in excess of $120m to AW Health.

Schools:

  • An exciting new multi-million dollar James Fallon High School Hall complex.
  • Wireless connectivity upgrade for all 43 government high schools and public schools right across the electorate.

Roads:

$33.462 m worth of roads, bridge and boating infrastructure and maintenance projects, primarily delivered through local councils in the Albury electorate.

  • Roads maintenance block grant funding for councils includes AlburyCity $488,000, Greater Hume Shire Council $2.194m, Federation Council $1.728m
  • Further funding of Stage Two of Riverina Highway upgrade ($11m project);

Other

  • New Henty fire station $920,000.
  • More social housing: $2.121m

 

For Councils in the Albury Electorate:

New funding opportunities include the $1.3 billion Regional Growth, Cultural and Strong Country Communities funds, $400m Fixing Country Rail Fund, $200m Bridges for the Bush Program and $500m Fixing Country Roads Fund. Local councils can apply for funding towards projects.

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“The significant NSW funding is extremely welcome,” said Leigh McJames, CEO of Albury Wodonga Health. “It will address the growing demand on our emergency services and will see a significant enhancement in capacity and capability of the Albury Campus ED. It will also assist in further consolidation and enhancement of acute medical services for our community.”

“I also welcome the NSW Government contribution of $500,000 towards safety upgrades to Nolan House,” said Mr Aplin.

“Today I am most proud of the redesign and upgrade being planned for Albury Hospital’s Emergency Department, and to see my work for James Fallon High School find success. These have been hard fought battles and I thank Leigh McJames at AW Health and our Education Director, Dr Brad Russell, for their support and enthusiasm.”