Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s first budget of this term of Parliament has failed the Newcastle electorate says Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp MP. The Government will spend $93 billion over the next four years on infrastructure in NSW with the budget papers revealing the State’s second largest city will receive just a fraction of that.
Ahead of the budget, Mr Crakanthorp nominated public transport, better infrastructure, education and health as headline items. He called on the Government to invest in Newcastle and deliver projects which will unlock the city’s economic potential.
This comes after the Government demanded an extra $100 million divided from Hunter Water, and while traffic congestion continues to get worse and Newcastle public transport remains in chaos.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“With every budget that doesn’t invest properly in Newcastle, this Government proves how little they care about anything outside of Sydney. This budget includes no major infrastructure spending. Yet again we have missed out on our fair share.”
“Despite much fanfare last budget, there has been no new money for the Newcastle Education Precinct. Newcastle public schools are facing ballooning enrolments and this Government isn’t investing in new local schools.”
“Just $3.5 million has been allocated for the John Hunter Hospital for the Health and Innovation Precinct, less than 0.5% of the projected $780 million total cost. I will be pushing the Government to keep their election promise.”
“The Hunter Freight Rail Bypass is a crucially important piece of infrastructure for the region. The budget paper reveals that despite tens of millions of dollars being committed to this project over the last three budgets only $2 million has been spent.”
“Once again, Newcastle’s cultural assets have been overlooked, with the Newcastle Art Gallery upgrade not receiving a cent.”
“It is disappointing that there is no additional money for the Newcastle Cruise Ship Terminal with the project all but sunk. A terminal that will unlock Newcastle and the wider Hunter Region for tens of thousands tourists a year.”
“Two years after the handover to private operator Keolis Downer, Newcastle Buses remain in chaos and this budget does nothing to restore essential services.”