As the four-year NSW Parliamentary term approaches its conclusion, it is timely to reflect on what the Government has achieved during that period.
In 2011, when the Coalition came to government in NSW, we were the worst performing State in Australia on most economic measures – even behind Tasmania.
The Coalition in 2011 made the promise to make NSW Number 1 again. And it has.
NSW has had the strongest economy in Australia over the last 4 years. This is more than a mere set of numbers. It has meant record job creation and employment is the best way to provide prosperity and opportunity to a community.
A strong economy has allowed the Government to embark upon a once-in-a-generation infrastructure program of over $80 billion in capital works over the next 4 years.
It is providing 40 new and upgraded hospitals. A local example is the over $320m to upgrade the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital. In this year’s State budget alone it was announced that there will be 950 extra nurses and midwives, 300 new doctors, 120 new allied health professionals and 260 new mental health workers.
The Government is also spending record amounts on capital investment in our public schools, including 2000 new classrooms and new air conditioning in 1000 public schools. Locally, 8 new state- ofthe- art teaching spaces have been completed at Killara Public School and there is in progress at Waitara Public School the construction of new teaching spaces for 1000 students, a hall and other associated infrastructure. Other primary as well as Kuring- gai, Turramurra and Killara High schools in our area have also seen significant capital expenditure.
Major local projects completed or announced include the NorthConnex Tunnel, which will take 5000 trucks per day off Pennant Hills Road, the removal of some of the bottlenecks on the Pacific Highway between Gordon and Wahroonga, an $800 million upgrade to the North Shore train line capacity, a new car park and bus interchange at Gordon Station and a new lift at Wahroonga railway station.
In the coming months, I will be highlighting in greater detail more of the benefits to our local community from the last four years of Coalition government.
There was a long period of NSW standing still prior to 2011.
But the NSW Government is setting our State up for a stronger, better future.