The NSW Budget has been handed down with a focus on kick-starting the economy and keeping our community safe.
Member for Hornsby Matt Kean MP said this budget is about helping families, job creation and ensuring our health system continues to be world-class.
“The NSW State Government is committed to ensuring our community is kept safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we are investing in our health system,” Mr Kean said.
“This will include $60 million this year for the continued redevelopment of Hornsby Hospital.”
The Stage 2 redevelopment of Hornsby Hospital is well underway with the paediatric unit and medical imaging already open in the new Clinical Services Building. Additional units will open later this month and into 2021.
“This is about having a state-of-the-art hospital right on our doorstep and giving our doctors what they need to look after our community not just now but into the future,” Mr Kean said.
The budget also includes additional funding for work at Thornleigh and Normanhurst station to improve access. Along with funding to complete the Hawkesbury River Station lift.
“The wait is almost over for the lifts at Hawkesbury River Station which are expected to open in the new year,” Mr Kean said.
“We want everyone to be able to access the station no matter their age or ability.”
There is also good news for families and small business with cuts to preschool fees, hospitality vouchers and cuts to payroll tax.
Mr Kean said because of the strong economic management of the NSW Government when crisis came our state was ready.
“I am pleased to be able to help deliver a budget that is going to ensure Hornsby families and business will be able to get back on the road to recovery,” Mr Kean said.
For more information about the NSW Budget go to: budget.nsw.gov.au
NSW Budget Snap Shot
- NSW residents will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions across NSW
- The community will be asked if they want the stamp duty system overhauled to allow buyers to opt out of stamp duty and instead choose a smaller annual property tax
- Providing intensive tutoring in schools to help students overcome the challenges of a rollercoaster school year
- $5,000 grants for women to help support and assist them return to the workforce
- 12 months of free community preschool for our littlest learners
- Recruiting an additional 100 Wellbeing Health and In-reach nurses in vulnerable regions to provide wellbeing and health checks and referrals in schools
- Small and medium-sized businesses across the State will be able to apply for digital vouchers worth $1,500 to help pay for government fees and charges
- A two-year payroll tax rate cut from 5.45 per cent to 4.85 per cent and a permanent increase in the payroll tax threshold from $1 million to $1.2 million
- Funding boost for the Business Connect program which has been extended for a further three years to support small businesses across New South Wales
- A new $250m Jobs Plus Program to support Australian and international companies to move to NSW or expand their current operation
- More than $37 million over two years for new wildlife hospital facilities at Taronga Zoos
- Additional funds to improve visitor experience at NSW National Parks
- Help with energy bills with the continuation of the Low Income Household Rebate, Seniors Energy Rebate and additional Energy Accounts Payment Assistance
This article appeared in The Bush Telegraph Weekly