NSW Budget: Macarthur's wins and losses

NSW Budget: Macarthur's wins and losses

The NSW Budget was released this week and Macarthur's state MPs have had a mixed reaction to its inclusions.

While Liberal MPs in Camden and Wollondilly highlighted the wins for their electorates, those in Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields (Labor) were disappointed with items not included.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith praised the state's 2021/22 budget for its focus on recovery.

"I am delighted that the NSW Government's measured approach to the pandemic to keep our economy open, balanced with tailored assistance packages to affected sectors, has meant that growth and jobs have now bounced back to pre-pandemic levels," he said.

"This means more money for roads and transport, and more funding for our schools and hospitals."

Mr Smith highlighted the $3.6 million allocated to the construction of a new school at Wilton Junction, and close to $15 million to "further the business cases for bringing Picton Road to motorway standard and the congestion-busting Picton Bypass".

He said the Start Strong Free Preschool program ($150 million) would reduce financial pressures on families.

"This is a great initiative, I am thrilled to know our government will continue to fund free preschool," Mr Smith said.

"This program is supporting more than 45,000 eligible children, keeping our children learning and engaged during some of their most formative years."

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves highlighted even more Budget inclusions for his electorate.

"The 20221-22 NSW Budget is a budget that will keep NSW Covid-safe and to keep our recovery going, investing in the people of NSW with more support to help ease the cost of living pressures for families, and transforming our state with real reform for the future," he said.

Mr Sidgreaves said there were budget items across a number of sectors which Camden residents could celebrate, including:

  • $4.1 million for Gregory Hills Public School design and planning, with funding locked in for the construction of the school (the cost for new schools is not announced before the tender process is complete and the contract award)
  • $2.1 million for Oran Park Public School stage two upgrade
  • Progressing works at Barramurra Public School ($886,000), Gledswood Hills Public School ($4.65 million over two stages) and Harrington Park Public School ($17.6 million)
  • $1.7 million for a new fire station and vehicles at Oran Park
  • More than $500,000 for social housing upgrades in Camden electorate (new and progressing works)
  • $120 million for stage three upgrade of West Camden Wastewater Treatment Plant at Grasmere
  • $5 for Bradfield City Centre's first building in Bringelly
  • $47.5 million for Bradfield stage one works
  • Almost $5 million for planning of an Advanced Manufacturing and Research facility in Bringelly (work in progress)
  • $2.7 million for Aerotropolis Core Strategic Planning at Bringelly
  • $20 million across stages one (fast-tracked) and two of Spring Farm Parkway
  • $10.8 million for construction of 1000 additional commuter car parking spaces at Leppington rail station

However, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren found less cause for celebration in the document.

He welcomed $500,000 in funding for a new Shepherd Centre in Campbelltown (a charity helping children with hearing impairments) and additional funds for Campbelltown Hospital's upgrade, but said more should have been included for the residents of Campbelltown.

"When it comes to this government, the people of Campbelltown are unfortunately accustomed to disappointment," Mr Warren said.

"We all know the problems at Campbelltown Hospital stem from a lack of staff, not a lack of buildings. Yet there were no funds allocated to actually address those staffing level concerns.

"There wasn't one dollar allocated for school or public transport projects [in Campbelltown], which will no doubt frustrate students, teachers, school staff and commuters alike.

"The funding for Spring Farm Parkway was only for planning, so it means we will have to wait at least another year to see meaningful progress on that vital project.

"And it looks like motorists and native wildlife will be forced to run the Appin Road gauntlet for another 12 months, given not one dollar of actual state government funds was allocated towards the much-needed upgrades of that notorious stretch of road."

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong took to Facebook to assert his disappointment that no funding was allocated to construct an elevator at Macquarie Fields rail station.

"Another Liberal Government budget, another disappointing outcome for my electorate," he posted.

"Still no funding for a lift at Macquarie Fields station. Where's our fair share?"