Menai Update: Budget 2013 Edition

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Menai Update: Budget 2013 Edition

Friday, 21 June 2013
It's Budget Week in State Parliament and typically it’s one of the busiest in the Parliamentary calendar.
 
I think this Budget shows that we are finally getting through the mess left behind by Labor. There is no doubt that it has been a tough two years, but it shows that with when we live within our means we can reduce debt. It also means that we can put money back into those areas that need it most, like infrastructure.
 
The residents of the Menai electorate have not been left behind. Some of the significant investments that will benefit the Menai electorate include:
  • $353 million dedicated to delivering the South West Rail Link to take pressure off Sydney’s south western suburbs
  • $54 million to complete construction on the Liverpool Turnback program, the final project of Rail Clearways Project
  • $5 million for widening of bridge over Deadmans Creek on Heathcote Road at Sandy Point
  • $5 million to commence construction of Liverpool Police Station
  • $3 million for progress planning for widening of Alfords Point Road between Brushwood Drive and the Georges River, to further ease traffic congestion
  • $2.903 million for Community Transport funding for South West Community Transport and Liverpool District Combined Senior Citizens Progress Association Inc. Community Transport
  • $2.4 million for planning and commencement of construction of the Sutherland Hospital car park
  • $2.3 million of recurrent funding to support the new Liverpool Hospital Mental Health Subacute Unit
  • $1.76 million for Community Transport funding for Sutherland Shire Community Transport Inc and Gandangara Transport Service
  • $604,000 to establish Liverpool’s Service NSW Centre
  • $500,000 for upgrade of bridge over Georges River on M5 Motorway at Casula
  • Contrary to Labor’s attacks we've had record spending; investing close to $60 billion on infrastructure over the next four years.
 
We have recognised that to deliver for communities across our State, we need to invest in our future; this means a record $14.6 billion for infrastructure and services in public transport and roads. Additionally, we have committed a record $18 billion to Health and $13.95 billion to education. 
 
I was particularly pleased to see the commitment of $5 million for the Deadmans Creek bridge to progress this much needed safety upgrade. Deadmans Creek bridge is regularly raised with me and remains a dangerous black spot in our area. I will continue to work closely with the Minister for Roads, the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC to see this project come to fruition for the benefit of all who use that section of Heathcote Road.
 
One of the other projects I've been proud to see progress is the Alfords Point Road upgrades. The addition of a third lane has gone a long way to reduce the traffic congestion problems on this road, and the new approaches and helped with the flow of traffic entering and exiting Alfords Point Road. I am pleased that further funding has been provided to address continuing congestion on Alfords Point Road between Brushwood Drive and the Georges River. These measures will continue to improve the journey for motorists travelling to and from the area.
 
I know that we still have some financial challenges ahead, but this Budget shows we are delivering on our promises to improve services for the people of NSW, invest in critical infrastructure across NSW, and protect the vulnerable.
 
For more budget news go to: www.budget.nsw.gov.au
 
Have a good weekend!