The NSW Liberal government is rolling out infrastructure projects across the state to keep people in jobs in this challenging time. The 2020-21 state budget includes a record infrastructure program of $107 billion over four years, providing economic stimulus in every part of the state.
The program includes a $3 billion Jobs and Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, announced as part of the NSW Government’s plan for economic recovery from the Covid pandemic economic crisis.
“The strong position of the NSW state budget at the start of this crisis has allowed the government to do more than any other state government to stimulate the economy and protect local jobs and businesses,” said Kevin Conolly, Member for Riverstone.
“Our strong financial management in earlier years has meant that we can help more at this time of emergency.”
In Riverstone electorate the 2020-21 state budget (delayed this year due to Covid) includes money for:
- school upgrades completed during this year at Schofields PS $6.2 million, Riverbank PS $179,000, Riverstone HS $817,000 and Quakers Hill East $293,000;
- school upgrades in planning at John Palmer PS $185,000 and Glenwood HS $190,000;
- the planned new “Rouse Farm” primary school near Tallawong station $357,000;
- the commuter car park at Schofields station, $8 million, where work is expected to commence in early 2021 on the 700 space “at grade” car park project within walking distance of the station;
- the Rouse Hill hospital, $63 million, for which clinical services planning is being undertaken and for which construction of Stage 1 is due to commence by 2023;
- air-conditioning of classrooms in several local schools – a share of the $196 million allocated for schools across the state;
- the Denmark Link Road project, $2 million;
- the upgrades/extensions of Boundary Road and McCulloch Street $35 million, Hambledon Road $27 million and Veron Road $200,000;
- Sydney Water allocations for upgrading wastewater treatment plants at Quakers Hill and Vineyard, totalling $60 million.
“While Covid has meant that any formal hospital opening has had to be deferred, it is also important to note that the massive upgrade and expansion of Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital funded by the state government over the last few years could not have been completed at a better time,” said Mr Conolly.
“These brand new facilities, staffed by 30% more doctors, nurses and support staff than were employed previously, have been welcomed into full service as part of the Health District’s response to the challenge of the pandemic.”