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This year’s State Budget focuses on delivering the rewards of the tough decisions and reforms undertaken by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to secure the future of NSW and of the Albury electorate.

 

“Over the past four 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, produce a $2.5b surplus while at the same time investing in those areas where it’s most needed,” said Mr Aplin.

 

Investment in the Albury electorate under the 2015-16 Budget includes a huge  $51.9m for roads projects and major investments in education, health and services.

 

Health

  • $300m is reserved for the delivery of Regional Multipurpose Services programs including Tumbarumba, Culcairn and Holbrook;
  • Funding is reserved for the NSW contribution to Albury Wodonga Health (expected to be near $100m)

 

Social Housing

  • $1.9m for Social Housing upgrades;

 

Roads

  • $20.5m for maintenance and improvements to State roads;
  • $5m for the Stage one of Riverina Highway upgrade ($11m project)
  • $4.5m for construction of southbound passing lane on Newell Highway north of Jerilderie;
  • Over $7m for Council road maintenance;
  • $500,000 for continued planning for replacement of Yarrawonga-Mulwala Bridge;
  • $688,000 for installation of boom gates at Tynan Road rail crossing;
  • Funding  for Yarara Gap on the Holbrook-Jingellic Road;
  • Funding for the widening of the Hopefield Bridge in Corowa Shire;
  • Funding for the Boree Creek Freight Link in Urana Shire.

 

Maritime

  • $230,000 for boat ramps in Albury.

 

Community Transport

  • $110,000 for Tumbarumba Community Transport Programs;
  • $750,000 for Kalianna Enterprises Community Transport Programs

 

The electorate will also benefit from State projects:

 

Health

  • $19.6b for Health Services;
  • $1.4b to continue the massive hospital rebuilding program across NSW;
  • $1.7b for Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services;
  • Increase to IPTAAS support for families;

Energy

  • $6.6m record Boost to Life Support Energy rebates;
  • $235m Medical Energy rebate;
  • $250m for energy rebates for Low Income Householders and Family Rebate;

Councils

  • $119.5m to support Councils to meet growing community needs including:
    • $11.8m for Fit for the Future;
    • $16.2m for the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme (LIRS);
    • $78.5m Pensioner Rebate Scheme for Council rates;

Education

  • $12.4b investment in NSW Schools;
  • $200m for Out Of Home Care;
  • $20m to support after school care;
  • $7,000 one-off grant for rural  preschools to assist in connecting with families;

Disability Services

  • $3.3b Disability funding;

Domestic Violence

  • $148.5m on specialist Domestic and Family Violence programs;

Transport

  • $94m for next generation intercity train fleet;
  • $7.5m for planning of new XPT fleet;

Regional

  • $77m for Regional Industries Investment Fund including:
    • $26m for Mobile Black Spots;
    • $31m for Murray Darling Economic Diversification program;

Roads

  • $16.5m for Regional Road Freight Corridors;
  • $76m for Bridges for the Bush;
  • $5.5m for Councils Road Safety program;
  • $6.5m Road Safety Education in Schools;

Regional Tourism

  • $40m over four years to grow Regional Tourism including $9m targeting overseas visitors;

Police

  • $3.3b for NSW Police including additional officers, equipment and Police Stations;

Emergency Services

  • $1.14b for Emergency Services
  • $10.5m to Lifeline Australia;

Water

  • $127.4m for Water Security for regions, as well as:
    • $16m to implement water reform initiatives in the Murray Darling Basin,
    • $110m reserved under restart NSW to clear backlog,
    • $186m to assist eligible households with cost for potable water,
    • $38m to secure long term potable water supplies.

Housing

  • $182m for specialist homelessness services;
  • $75.7m to Community Housing for lease subsidies;

Small Business

  • Payroll tax threshold increase;
  • Job Action Plan – $5,000 rebate for businesses that create new positions;

Environment

  • $56m for Environmental Trust
  • $2.5m Container Deposit Scheme

 

“The NSW Government is committed to spending a total of $68.6 billion on infrastructure over the next four years to deliver for communities across our State.

 

“By managing our finances responsibly, the NSW 2015-16 Budget commits a record $19.6 billion to Health and $12.4 billion to Education.

 

“This Budget shows the NSW Government is delivering on its promises to improve services for the people of NSW, investing in critical infrastructure across NSW and protecting the vulnerable.

 

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has taken responsible decisions to deliver for the people of NSW and the Albury electorate”, Mr Aplin said.