Mem­ber for Hawkes­bury

Hon Do­minic Per­rot­tet MP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politics -

Well it is that time of the year again and this year has been a big one. In 2017, the NSW Lib­eral-Na­tional Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered the most ex­ten­sive spend­ing pack­age to the peo­ple of NSW in gen­er­a­tions. The Gov­ern­ment recorded a huge $2.7 bil­lion sur­plus and in­jected hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars into in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices across the state, some­thing La­bor could never do. This in­cludes $72.7 bil­lion into in­fra­struc­ture projects, $4.2 bil­lion into new schools and school up­grades and $7.7 bil­lion into new hos­pi­tals and health in­fra­struc­ture over the next four years.

The Gov­ern­ment is putting in the ef­fort to make hous­ing more af­ford­able with a se­ries of grants and con­ces­sions avail­able for first home buy­ers which are al­ready be­ing taken ad­van­tage of. We also in­tro­duced the Ac­tive Kids Re­bate where fam­i­lies in NSW will be able to re­ceive up to $100 per child each year to help get kids in­volved in com­mu­nity sport.

Re­cently the Pre­mier an­nounced free ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion for all driv­ers pay­ing more than $25 each week on tolls, sav­ing driv­ers up to $715 a year. We are also as­sist­ing fam­i­lies meet the cost of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, with $217.3 mil­lion over the next four years into the Start Strong pro­gramme. This will pro­vide ev­ery child ac­cess to 600 hours of pre-school­ing in the year be­fore they start school. The Gov­ern­ment is also re­form­ing the CTP Green Slip Scheme which will ef­fec­tively slash $100 of Green Slips by Jan­uary 2018. These are just some of the Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives aimed at re­duc­ing the cost of liv­ing for fam­i­lies.

In the Hawkes­bury the NSW Gov­ern­ment is de­liv­er­ing progress. The Wind­sor Bridge Re­place­ment Project is un­der­way with con­struc­tion to com­mence in mid-2018. We are putting to­gether the fi­nal plans for the Pitt Town By­pass and the Grose River Bridge. We also are con­tin­u­ing to im­prove roads across the elec­torate. I am in part­ner­ship with lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and Des­ti­na­tion NSW to es­tab­lish the Hawkes­bury as a key tourism des­ti­na­tion which will bring a huge in­flux of vis­i­tors and eco­nomic gains to lo­cal busi­nesses.

As I said, it’s been a big year but I can say that the best is yet come.

Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year from He­len and I and bring it on 2018.

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