State MPs join Chronicle
Davidson State MP Jonathan O'Dea and Ku-ring-gai State MP Alister Henskens join our comprehensive local political coverage this month with their inaugural columns.
With less than a year until the next State election, it is worth reflecting on what has been achieved in NSW since the change in government.
Working with communities and businesses, the NSW Government has boosted economic growth, helped create over 445,000 jobs, and laid important foundations for the future with the largest public infrastructure program in Australia’s history. Since 2011, there have been 59 new or upgraded schools, over 70 major upgrades to health infrastructure, 2,000km of new or upgraded roads and a range of exciting rail and public transport initiatives. This trend will continue with over $80 billion investment in NSW infrastructure over the next four years, including in Northern Sydney.
NSW is in a very sound economic position, having moved from the lastranked state under Labor to consistently holding the top position, as determined by independent analysis in the CommSec State of the States Report. Strong economic management helps people to enjoy an improved quality of life, providing more choices and opportunities to achieve.
We have a record $226.5b state net worth (up from $145.5b in 2011) and no net debt. We have employed more than 15,000 extra teachers, nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics, police and firefighters on the front line.
New dwelling completions in NSW are at an all- time high and we have introduced various measures to address cost of living pressures, including enhanced assistance for first home buyers, energy rebates for families and seniors, the Active Kids program, decreased water prices, reduced CTP insurance costs as well as Opal public transport fare changes being kept below inflation.
Local communities are generally safer, with strong support for our outstanding emergency services volunteers and 16 of the 17 categories of major crime having fallen or remained stable over the 2 years to the end of 2017. We are also protecting the unique environment and character of our communities through programs such as litter reduction, strategic biodiversity conservation, planning system improvements and new national parklands.
While we can always do better, the Berejiklian Government has been focused on delivering positive public outcomes and will continue to do so. To find out more, visit www.nsw.gov.au/ astatetransformed
Jonathan O’Dea with Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a Premier’s Reading Challenge event