State Mem­ber for Hawkes­bury Hon Do­minic Per­rot­tet MP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - News -

In June I pre­sented my first state bud­get as NSW Trea­surer. It is a bud­get that builds for the next gen­er­a­tion, pro­vides for the present and po­si­tions us for the fu­ture.

As a Gov­ern­ment we have worked ex­tremely hard over the past six years to kick-start our state and are now able to reap the re­wards from our re­forms and plough them back into lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. This bud­get sows the seeds of suc­cess so our chil­dren will one day reap the re­wards of a bet­ter NSW.

With a mas­sive in­jec­tion of spend­ing, NSW is now firmly in the driver’s seat as the na­tion’s eco­nomic pow­er­house. With no net debt or deficit and a sur­plus of $4.5 bil­lion, the Gov­ern­ment can con­tinue its record trans­port in­fras­truc­ture spend whilst in­vest­ing record amounts in the so­cial in­fras­truc­ture of schools and hos­pi­tals to im­prove the lives of peo­ple in our state.

Every par­ent wants the best for their chil­dren. That’s why we are in­vest­ing a record $4.2 bil­lion in ed­u­ca­tion in­fras­truc­ture over the next four years to build new 90 new schools, an ad­di­tional 15,000 class­rooms, and 32,000 stu­dent places. Hawkes­bury schools will re­ceive $6.2 mil­lion to ad­dress back-log main­te­nance is­sues as well as pro­vid­ing new and re­fur­bished class­rooms, learn­ing ar­eas and play­grounds.

This is also a gov­ern­ment that stands for world-class health­care for the peo­ple of NSW. In 2015, we com­mit­ted to bring­ing on an ex­tra 3,500 nurses, doc­tors and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als across NSW. With this bud­get, we hit that tar­get one year early and add an­other 1,000 staff on top. Our record $21.7 bil­lion health spend is fund­ing the big­gest pro­gram of hos­pi­tal build­ing this state has even seen, and we are also in­vest­ing $100 mil­lion for pal­lia­tive care over the next four years.

Lo­cal sport­ing clubs are the soul of our com­mu­ni­ties, which is why we an­nounced the Ac­tive Kids Re­bate. We want to help par­ents, but more im­por­tantly, we want to help kids. To do this we are us­ing our strong fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to in­vest where it counts. We are giv­ing par­ents a help­ing hand of $100 per child to help cover reg­is­tra­tion and mem­ber­ship fees for or­gan­i­sa­tions reg­is­tered with the Of­fice of Sport.

We are the only state with strong sur­pluses, no debt, low unem­ploy­ment and record in­vest­ments in ser­vices and in­fras­truc­ture. This is a great bud­get re­sult for the Hawkes­bury and I will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for the needs of the elec­torate in my role as your state rep­re­sen­ta­tive and NSW Trea­surer. We have come a long way in just six years, but the best is yet to come.

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