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NSW Budget: Building Monaro's future

The NSW Budget will launch an unprecedented era of investment in services and infrastructure that will benefit generations to come, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

Mr Barilaro said the 2015-16 Budget and forward estimates puts in place the framework for key election commitments in the Monaro to be delivered over the next four years.

“The NSW Government is providing record infrastructure and services and accelerating projects that will change this state forever,” said Mr Barilaro.

“This budget sets up the blueprint needed to set in stone projects in the Monaro that will transform this region for generations to come.

“I’m proud to be part of a government that is interested in building for the future and places the needs of the community first.”

The Monaro’s key election commitments include:

  • $17 million rebuild of Queanbeyan Police Station
  • $1 million Jindabyne Central School upgrade
  • $10 million Queanbeyan distance education upgrade
  • $5 million upgrade at Braidwood MPS
  • $10 million Cooma Hospital upgrade
  • $30 million Kings Highway, Monaro Highway and Kosciusko roads package
  • $7 million Queanbeyan roads upgrade including; $5 million to upgrade a major intersection at Jerrabomberra and $2 million to help seal the Wanna Wanna Road

Mr Barilaro said the budget brings together vital road infrastructure projects in the Monaro with a total spend of over $49 million.

“This includes over $5 million in grants for Cooma, Bombala, Palerang, Snowy River and Queanbeyan Councils for road maintenance projects,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Other Budget big ticket items include $7.5 million in funding for community transport services for the frail and disabled and over $1.2 million for social housing upgrades across the Monaro.

“We are also increasing energy rebates to support the State’s most vulnerable customers with a record $6.6 million allocated to help vulnerable customers across the state through the Life Support Rebate and the $235 Medical Energy Rebate.”

The Budget lays the foundation for solid investment in jobs throughout the region.

“A key priority for this government is creating and securing local jobs, so our families can look forward to being able to live and work in the Monaro,” said Mr Barilaro.

“The NSW Government is dedicated to growing employment by 150,000 jobs over the next four years. We are investing a further $20 million in the Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) to attract companies, create new jobs and grow regional NSW.

“In the Monaro we will deliver more than 100 new jobs in the Monaro, 50 within the Office of Finance and Services and 50 jobs dedicated to the Queanbeyan rural education hub.

“In Cooma we will locate a Service NSW one-stop shop, as part of the next round of new service centres to be rolled out across NSW; this is great news for residents and businesses and will aid job creation.”

Mr Barilaro said the Budget also delivers on the NSW Government’s continued commitment to strengthen business confidence.

“We are extending the successful $5,000 Jobs Action Plan payroll tax rebates for a further four years until 30 June 2019,” said Mr Barilaro.

“A new $2,000 Small Business Employment Incentive for non-payroll tax paying businesses will reward small businesses for every additional employee they take on.

“And we will create a $25 million Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship fund, which will provide 25,000 scholarships to support students undertaking qualifications in technology.”

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