Budget bristle

THE NSW Budget has been slammed by State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, who says it has failed the Inner West.

No funds for local services: MP

She says schools, transport, roads and health – “local services we depend on” – will continue to suffer without the appropriate funding.
THE NSW Budget is a bust for the Inner West, with the Government throwing money at polluting toll-roads and private rail projects instead of the local services, says State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen.
She said the Budget should have included funds for the upgrading of crammed schools, including Ashbury and Wilkins Public schools.
“There is no money for local schools, despite our classrooms bursting at the seams; no money for upgrading local roads, despite the onslaught of rat running when the M4 East opens in a few months’ time; and no money for upgrading Lewisham train station,” she said.
“Despite promises of a substantial upgrade for Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, only $5 million has been allocated in 2019-2020 for future planning in hospitals across the State. It’s not good enough.”
However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the Budget delivers on a promise to provide greater opportunities and quality of life for all citizens across NSW, no matter where they live or their personal circumstances.
“Only through a strong Budget are we able to provide cost of living relief to households, invest unprecedented amounts in infrastructure and services, and support the most vulnerable in our community.”
The Budget will include providing drivers with the opportunity to opt-in to use a NSW Digital Driver Licence (DDL) and $8 million to provide thousands of vulnerable children with a free breakfast.