Mayor slams woeful budget

A SHORTFALL in funding for health and road infrastructure in the State Budget is a “woeful” result for the community.

While the long promised Olympic Park High School has been allocated $41.8 million for Stage One construction and $3.1 million for Stage Two, Wentworth Point Public School allocated $2.1 million for Stage Two works and Birrong Girls and Boys High School allocated $4.9 million for upgrades, health and road infrastructure have been left behind.
“It’s devastating and outrageous to see that Cumberland City Council residents have been neglected in state health funding again,” Mayor Steve Christou said.
“The budget has been truly woeful for locals who have long needed upgraded services and facilities. It reflects a distinct lack of understanding and ignorance.
“The Health Minister and Treasurer bragged about a “record $30.2 billion for health care”, yet we’ll see a paltry amount. Their ‘commitment to ensuring world-class health services’ is a joke.”
State MP for Auburn, Lynda Voltz, said despite some wins, there was still no money for congestion busting road infrastructure in Auburn and South Granville.
“This issue is growing into one of the biggest across the Auburn electorate and is vital in ensuring local families and businesses can work more efficiently.”
State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, says while fines are up, tolls are up, taxes are up, and housing affordability is down, there’s barely anything in this budget to ease the cost of living for working families.
“This is a budget that picks the pockets of families across NSW and offers little in return,” she said.