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NSW Budget a mixed bag - WSROC, June 12, 2012

Media Release 12th June, 2012

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC), Clr Alison McLaren, has labelled the NSW Government’s second budget a “mixed bag” for Western Sydney.

 

“There are parts of this budget that are good for people in Western Sydney, but there are also serious shortcomings,” Clr McLaren said.

“Measures to increase the supply of housing are welcome since one of the key factors making housing so expensive has been the shortage of supply. Measures to accelerate housing infrastructure are also good news.”

“However, the decision to replace the $7,000 first home buyers’ incentive by a scheme which only applies to new homes will penalise many Western Sydney residents. Many first home buyers cannot afford the luxury of new homes and their first foot in the door is often a small existing house in an older suburb. This will now be harder for them.”

Clr McLaren also welcomed the extra spending on infrastructure.

“The $757 million for the North-West Rail Link and the South-West Rail Link will ensure progress on these two critical pieces of transport infrastructure. Also the $248 million for widening strategic roads such as Richmond Road, Erskine Park link Road and Camden Valley Way which link to important employment areas, is also very welcome,” Clr McLaren said.

“However, the provision of only $30 million for planning Sydney’s motorways hardly seems adequate. Both the M4 east and the M5 duplication need urgent attention. We shouldn’t still be waiting for the Government to decide which of these to build – they should be building both and the planning for both should already be underway.”

“The other critical need in Western Sydney is health services. Detailed analysis by WSROC and supported by figures on the Federal Government’s MyHospitals website shows that Western Sydney has proportionately fewer hospital beds than other parts of Sydney and patients have to wait much longer for many types of surgery. This is just not good enough.”

“While WSROC welcomes the extra money for Blacktown and Mt Druitt hospitals and for car parking at Nepean and Blacktown hospitals, this does not go nearly far enough. Health services in Western Sydney need to match services in other suburbs. Governments cannot keep treating Western Sydney residents as second class citizens.”

 

 


Contact: Clr Alison McLaren, WSROC President on 0410 441 842

Media Inquiries: Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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