We de­serve to be given an­other term

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Politics - ALIS­TER HENSKENS SC STATE MEM­BER FOR KURING-GAI

As the four-year NSW Par­lia­men­tary term ap­proaches its con­clu­sion, it is timely to re­flect on what the Gov­ern­ment has achieved dur­ing that pe­riod.

In 2011, when the Coali­tion came to gov­ern­ment in NSW, we were the worst per­form­ing State in Aus­tralia on most eco­nomic mea­sures – even be­hind Tas­ma­nia.

The Coali­tion in 2011 made the prom­ise to make NSW Num­ber 1 again. And it has.

NSW has had the strongest econ­omy in Aus­tralia over the last 4 years. This is more than a mere set of num­bers. It has meant record job cre­ation and em­ploy­ment is the best way to pro­vide pros­per­ity and op­por­tu­nity to a com­mu­nity.

A strong econ­omy has al­lowed the Gov­ern­ment to em­bark upon a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram of over $80 bil­lion in cap­i­tal works over the next 4 years.

It is pro­vid­ing 40 new and up­graded hos­pi­tals. A lo­cal ex­am­ple is the over $320m to up­grade the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hos­pi­tal. In this year’s State bud­get alone it was an­nounced that there will be 950 ex­tra nurses and mid­wives, 300 new doc­tors, 120 new al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als and 260 new men­tal health work­ers.

The Gov­ern­ment is also spend­ing record amounts on cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in our pub­lic schools, in­clud­ing 2000 new class­rooms and new air con­di­tion­ing in 1000 pub­lic schools. Lo­cally, 8 new state- ofthe- art teach­ing spa­ces have been com­pleted at Kil­lara Pub­lic School and there is in progress at Waitara Pub­lic School the con­struc­tion of new teach­ing spa­ces for 1000 stu­dents, a hall and other as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture. Other pri­mary as well as Kuring- gai, Tur­ra­murra and Kil­lara High schools in our area have also seen sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

Ma­jor lo­cal projects com­pleted or an­nounced in­clude the NorthCon­nex Tun­nel, which will take 5000 trucks per day off Pen­nant Hills Road, the re­moval of some of the bot­tle­necks on the Pa­cific High­way between Gor­don and Wahroonga, an $800 mil­lion up­grade to the North Shore train line ca­pac­ity, a new car park and bus in­ter­change at Gor­don Sta­tion and a new lift at Wahroonga rail­way sta­tion.

In the com­ing months, I will be high­light­ing in greater de­tail more of the ben­e­fits to our lo­cal com­mu­nity from the last four years of Coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

There was a long pe­riod of NSW stand­ing still prior to 2011.

But the NSW Gov­ern­ment is set­ting our State up for a stronger, bet­ter fu­ture.

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