The 2021-22 NSW budget has delivered funding for new school projects, the hospital to be built at Rouse Hill, the Schofields commuter car park, Denmark Link Road and the construction of the new Marsden Park Fire Station.

“This budget continues to deliver for people of the region, ensuring that population growth is accompanied by services and facilities that the new communities need,” said Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly.

There is $14.6 million allocated for the recently-announced Stage 2 project at Galungara Public School, which will bring the school’s capacity to 1,000 students. The budget also includes $13.9 million to enable construction to begin on the new “Rouse Farm” primary school to be built on Schofields Road near Tallawong station.

The upgrades under way at John Palmer Public School and Glenwood High School receive $14.4 million and $11.3 million respectively. Both projects will see increases in the permanent accommodation capacity of each school, reducing the need for demountable rooms.

The health portfolio allocation includes $43.3 million for this financial year, to enable substantial work to begin on the Rouse Hill hospital. Construction of Stage 1 of the hospital is due to commence by 2023.

Mr Conolly also welcomed the allocation of $1.7 million to begin the construction of the new NSW Fire and Rescue station at Marsden Park, which is due for completion by 2023.

The Transport allocations include $13.7 million for construction of the Schofields commuter car park, for which planning approval was granted recently and a contract awarded, as well as $13 million for work on the Denmark Link Road project, connecting Garfield Road West to Bridge Street at Schofields. This will provide a light traffic alternative route to the congested level crossing at Riverstone.

“This budget delivers on our commitments and at the same time provides ongoing stimulus to the NSW economy as we recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Because NSW was in such a strong financial position when Covid struck, the NSW Government has been able to do more than any other state government to protect both lives and livelihoods,” said Mr Conolly.

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