The NSW State Budget for 2020-21 has been handed down, focussing on rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and bushfires.
State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, has said that after a year turned upside down, the NSW Government has put forward a budget focussed on jobs, compassion and support.
“We are providing record levels of funding in areas such emergency services; mental health; public transport infrastructure; and health, to name a few.” Ms Gibbons said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Budget takes decisive action to meet the needs of people across NSW, as we emerge from an unprecedented health and economic crisis.
“With so many people out of work this year and more predicted to become unemployed, we’re in a race against time to help create as many new jobs as we can,” Ms Berejiklian said.
"This Budget has workers at its heart, with temporary, targeted stimulus to generate jobs and get businesses booming again.” Ms Berejiklian said.
To help stimulate the State’s economy and support local jobs, NSW residents will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions across NSW as part of a flagship $500 million program to help business.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the $500 million Out & About program was designed to boost businesses hit hard by the pandemic, by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the best of NSW.
“No industry has felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 more than the hospitality, arts and tourism industries,” Mr Perrottet said.
“NSW acted swiftly to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 and we want to help businesses by encouraging spending within local communities, especially within the hospitality, arts and tourism sectors.”
Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total - with the program designed to encourage people to spend multiple times to support their local businesses.
Two vouchers can be used for eating in at venues such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and other food service venues, and two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, such as cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas, and amusement parks.
For more information on this program, please visist www.nsw.gov.au
Locally, Ms Gibbons advised that the NSW Government are continuing on with the delivery of commitments and announcements already made, with funding allocated toward:
“I look forward to continuing to help progress the delivery of these projects – and can’t wait to see the positive benefits I know they will bring for our local community.” Ms Gibbons said.