By David Elliot – Member for Baulkham Hills –
The 2017 budget is a demonstration of the NSW Government’s commitment to infrastructure, roads, transport and education.
New hospitals around the state are complemented by a record $4.2 billion on educational facilities around the state with Bella Vista Public School amongst the plethora of new schools to be built, while North Rocks and Excelsior Public Schools will benefit from upgraded facilities spending.
The Sydney North West Metro will benefit from an investment of $1.1 billion, with delivery still on track for early 2019 with the first tracks to be laid at West Pennant Hills, site of the Cherrybrook Station, within the next couple of months. Road based public transport will also benefit, with
Windsor Road to share in a record $1.2 billion investment in streamlining Sydney’s bus networks.
The great thorn in the side of our local road network, Memorial Avenue, will begin its path to becoming a rose with a $16 million investment in this financial year to commence construction works to provide the road our community deserves.
For those in the east of our electorate, $463 million has been committed to ease the burden on Pennant Hills Road by continuing the construction of NorthConnex, the missing link which will allow trucks and holidaymakers alike to travel from
the Hunter to Campbelltown and beyond without interruption.
Parents will also benefit from a $100 rebate to cover sporting
club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child.
From 1 January 2018, the NSW Government will abolish insurance duty on commercial vehicle insurance, professional indemnity insurance, and product and public liability insurance for small businesses with an aggregated
turnover of less than $2 million.