Splurge pic­ture ‘un­clear’


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IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE spend­ing was the buzz­word of the NSW Bud­get with bil­lions al­lo­cated to ma­jor road and rail projects to “un­clog crip­pling con­ges­tion”.

But Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla has pointed to what was not in the bud­get — no fund­ing to re­build Mt Druitt Po­lice sta­tion and no break­down of what por­tion of the $30 mil­lion al­lo­cated to Black­town and Mt Druitt hos­pi­tals Mt Druitt would get.

There is $16.5 bil­lion for public trans­port and roads, in­clud­ing $590 mil­lion to bring for­ward plans for new in­fra­struc­ture projects to be built when elec­tric­ity as­sets are leased.

Trea­surer Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian’s first bud­get is in sur­plus by $2.1 bil­lion with in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing in NSW over four years a record $68.6 bil­lion. There is $684 mil­lion to up­grade and re­pair roads in Western Syd­ney and plans for a Western Syd­ney Sport and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Pen­rith.

Premier Mike Baird said Western Syd­ney had been a ma­jor fund­ing fo­cus.

“In 20 years, ev­ery sec­ond Syd­neysider will live in Greater Western Syd­ney. It is the en­gine room of our state and this Bud­get is fur­ther proof that the Lib­er­als and Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment backs Western Syd­ney and its fu­ture,” Mr Baird said.

There is $890 mil­lion over the next four years for train sta­tion up­grades and com­muter carparks. Rail main­te­nance is al­lo­cated $1.2 bil­lion and $74 mil­lion for a rail oper­a­tions. There is $15 mil­lion to con­tinue plan­ning for a new Smart Mo­tor­way Sys­tem for the M4 and $37 mil­lion for up­grades on the T1 Western Line.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter David El­liott said Fire and Res­cue NSW would re­ceive al­most $700 mil­lion plus cap­i­tal fund­ing in­clud­ing $18.4 mil­lion to build and re­fur­bish fire sta­tions in places such as Mt Druitt.

A fur­ther $30 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for Black­town Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal. But Mr Atalla said with­out a break­down it was “a stunt”.

“The Gov­ern­ment put the hos­pi­tals un­der the same ban­ner so they are not held ac­count­able for cuts at Mt Druitt,” he said.

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