State MPs join Chron­i­cle

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - JONATHAN O’DEA, STATE MEM­BER FOR DAVID­SON

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

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