Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:28

Budget welcome for families but still need infrastructure, May 9, 2012

Media Release May 9, 2012

New increases to family tax payments will come as a welcome relief for struggling Western Sydney families, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said today.

 

WSROC President Alison Mclaren said many of the regions low to middle income families have been doing it tough over the past couple of years, faced with rising housing and energy costs.

“We are pleased the Government has recognised that many of our residents need a break – they are working as hard as they can and this additional funding will help to make ends meet,” she said.

“We are particularly pleased that the Government has allocated additional funds to help these families with educating their children.

“The additional payments will go a long way to help pay for books and uniforms, and to ensure that more children are able to stay at school to complete their education, thereby maximising their future potential and their contribution to economy.

“Educating our kids is one of the best investments the Government can make in ensuring a strong economy for the future,” Clr McLaren said. “However, it is disappointing that they did not allocate money for the other best investment – and that is to start building the critical infrastructure that Western Sydney, and so many other regions need.

“It is clear that Treasury is maintaining its obsession with achieving a surplus at any price – in this case, with a continuing delay in spending on critical infrastructure.

“While we are pleased that Government has acknowledged the crisis facing Western Sydney transport in their allocation of $200 million to investigate the options for the M4 East and M5 East, we would have liked to see a serious commitment to funding the construction of these vital links as soon as possible,” Clr McLaren. 

“WSROC has long argued that borrowing to fund major infrastructure projects has huge economic benefits which far outweigh the costs of construction and borrowing",Clr McLaren said." “These will in turn increase government revenue and so create genuine surpluses as part of a robust and sustainable economy.”

“Finally we are pleased that the Government has recognised the contribution of small business – which is the driver of Western Sydney’s$ 85 billion a year economy- but would have liked to see more done to encourage investment. This is at least a start, and will help them to weather the economic tough times many of them are now experiencing.”

 

 


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

Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Ltd

 

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