MPs blast government's 2019 budget

Greg Warren looking through the 2019/2020 budget.
Greg Warren looking through the 2019/2020 budget.

Local students, commuters and patients at Campbelltown Hospital will suffer for at least another year following the release of the state government's 2019-20 Budget.

That's the belief of Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, who said he was bitterly disappointed with the government's latest Budget, handed down yesterday.

"To say this Budget is disappointing for Campbelltown would be quite the understatement," Mr Warren said.

The Budget papers confirmed that paid parking would be introduced at Campbelltown Hospital for the first time this year.

"This Budget is certainly not kind to staff, patients and their loved ones at Campbelltown Hospital," Mr Warren said.

"Not only will they soon have to pay to park, we now know the hospital upgrades won't be complete for at least five more years."

The hospital is undergoing a $632 million redevelopment, which will be finished in 2024, according to the Budget.

The government's commitment to the massive project in the 2019-20 financial year is $108,262,000.

Despite several schools in the Campbelltown electorate facing maintenance backlogs in excess of $1 million, there were no funds allocated for the upgrades of those schools - many of which are also without air-conditioning.

However, next door in the Macquarie Fields electorate, schools in Bardia, Glenfield and Ingleburn have been allocated funding for upgrades.

Commuters will also have to continue the daily battle for a parking spot at Campbelltown, Macarthur and Leumeah stations with no funds allocated for the planning or construction of additional car parking.

The Budget also missed any upgrades to Macquarie Fields train station, where there are no lift facilities.

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong said he was frustrated not to see more funding in his electorate.

"Residents of the Macquarie Fields electorate have every right to feel let down by this Budget," he said.

"They will know who to blame every time they fight for a commuter parking space in the morning, or come home to yet another parking ticket, or struggle with the steps at Macquarie Fields station."

The Budget did not include any major road upgrades in Campbelltown or Macquarie Fields either.

Mr Warren said it was not good enough.

"Despite the thousands of residents moving into Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur region, the government has also failed to fund major road upgrades or the construction of new roads," he said.

"It means motorists - like those who travel on Appin Road - will continue to risk their safety while navigating the notorious and outdated road.

"This Budget really does prove the government has no interest in providing the services and infrastructure our growing region needs."