The 2018 NSW Budget continues to build on the work the NSW Nationals have put into growing stronger rural and regional communities.

From continuing to upgrade vital regional infrastructure like hospitals and schools to providing hip-pocket relief for families, the Budget sets the stage for the future.

In our first term, the NSW Nationals worked with the Government to turn around a deeply broken economy. In term two, we’ve put in the hard yards, working to repair the damage in regional areas after years of Labor neglect. Everywhere you look from Broken Hill to Byron Bay, from Corowa to Coffs Harbour, the NSW Nationals have had a hand in revitalising the roads we use every day. Now, we’re in a position to give back to the people of this great state.

What’s in it for you?

The skills shortage is being tackled with 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships, to deliver the skills needed to build a brighter tomorrow.

There’s universal access to pre-school for three and four year olds, which will allow more families to participate in the workforce. There’s also the $150 Baby Bundle and the $100 Creative Kids Rebate.

A whopping $6 billion will be spent in the next four years on 170 new and upgraded schools, including a new primary school for Googong. We’re also employing 900 science and maths teachers and spending half a billion dollars on air-conditioning 1000 public schools in the next year, so kids don’t have to melt in summer.

We’ve cut caravan registration by 40 per cent, so more people can afford to be part of that great tradition of touring through regional areas like the Riverina and the Mid-North Coast.

Looking forward

Every building needs a strong foundation and the NSW Nationals have worked hard to ensure the people of NSW can live in and enjoy their communities, whether it’s growing a family or starting a small business. And the best is yet to come, with plans to deliver even more of what people really need – whether it’s change rooms at sporting grounds, upgrades for country roads or more resources to make our communities safer.