What does a Liberal Government win mean for NSW?
Following the NSW state election in early 2019, the Premier Gladys Berejiklian will form a majority government having secured 47 seats of the 93 seats in the lower house. Having secured a majority, the government now has the numbers to govern in their own right without the need of cross bench support. With the coalition returning to govern for a third consecutive term, there are significant expectations to deliver on key budget promises.
What can be expected under the Liberal Government?
Construction of the Metro West project — a new rail line from Parramatta to the CBD to commence construction in 2020.
$6.4 billion over the forward estimates for the project:$3.2 billion immediate additional funding reservation.$3 billion existing Restart NSW reservation.$238 million already provisioned in the Transport budget.
It also plans to develop the next phase of the Sydney Metro Rail network, planning for four additional extensions including Westmead to Western Sydney Airport, St Marys to Rouse Hill via Schofields, Bankstown to Liverpool and connecting Macarthur to the 200,000 jobs at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The government has committed to spending more than $2 Billion dollars over the next four years to deliver this new rail line by 2026.
The Government has also committed to start construction of the Northern Beaches Tunnel in 2020, which should cut travel time between Brookvale and the CBD by 27 minutes. The tunnel is due to open in 2026.It has also promised $14 billion in initial funding to build the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link, and $2.6 billion to fund the first stage of the F6 extension from Arncliffe to Kogarah.At a cost of $250 million dollars, a duplication of 31km of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow is set to be completed by 2028.
A NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed to:
Providing an additional $2 million over four years to Life Education NSW to ensure more than a million NSW children are armed with the knowledge to lead healthy lives.
Deliver an additional 4,600 teachers over the next four years
Bring the total number of teachers in public schools to the highest in the State’s history. This $2 billion investment brings the total number of new full-time teacher positions delivered by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to almost 11,000.
Deliver an additional 8 new and 31 upgraded public schools, taking our total investment to more than 270 new and upgraded schools since coming to Government.
The Coalition promised to hire 8,300 frontline health workers over the next four years at a cost of $2.8 billion. They promise to hire 5,000 nurses and midwives including mental health nurses and residential care nurses, including:
1,060 medical staff including doctors, psychiatrists and specialists
880 allied health staff including pharmacists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists
1,360 hospital support staff
Adam Duffy - Partner at Meridian Australia
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