NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has hailed the 2021-22 NSW Budget as one that caters for everyone and will help the state’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you look at the projects and priorities outlined by the Treasurer, there is a desire to help people as much as possible while remembering that we are still recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic,” Mr Saunders said.
“We’re lucky that through strong fiscal management, NSW was in a good financial position prior to COVID, which has allowed us to continue investing and supporting people, and we can continue to do that as we come out the other side.
“From a local perspective, the $27.9 million allocated over four years for the drug court to expand to Dubbo complements investment in a rehabilitation facility that was announced last November. There is also funding to continue work on the Mudgee cultural precinct, a freight exchange to drive economic benefit for Narromine from the inland rail project, and the ongoing upgrade of Dubbo Hospital.
“There’s also $10.5 million this year as part of a $48 million, three-year program for a new office hub in Dubbo to attract and retain government workers in the region and an extra $100,000 for groups in our electorate to strengthen our communities by completing vital projects through the Community Building Partnerships program, taking our cut to $400,000 per year.
“On a wider scale we’re looking after our littlest learners and their families through the $150 million Start Strong Free Preschool Program, and providing $100 towards the cost of learn-to-swim programs that provide a vital life skill for our children.
“We have also continued investment in the Regional Seniors Travel Card, which is not only being extended for another two years but is also being expanded to allow more people to be eligible.”