Bumper budget’s good for western Sydney

On 20/09/2019 by admin

June’s 2016 NSW Budget was a bumper edition for western Sydney.
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WSROC president Councillor Tony Hadchiti

There were few surprises, however Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)was pleased to see a renewed commitment to western Sydney infrastructure projects such as the Sydney Metro, Parramatta Light Rail and a suite of road upgrades.

Councils have also welcomed a continuation of the NSW Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, which will ensure critical infrastructure is in place for our new western Sydney communities as they are built.

The Budget also proposed a number of initiatives to target skills shortages across the state.

WSROC has previously called for a more direct approach to tackling the west’s skills shortages and the Budget’s Smart, Skilled and Hired program has offered a response to these calls.

The program promises to assist unemployed youth find training and employment in industries experiencing worker shortages such as construction and disability care.

Additional funding has also been set aside for VET enrolments and TAFE scholarships in technology-based growth industries, encouraging our young people to train for the jobs of the future.

While the Budget did not include any new funding for western Sydney arts, WSROC welcomes the much greater focus on local artists and grass roots organisations: essential for ensuring a diverse range of voices are contributing to our state’s cultural dialogue.

We are also pleased to hear $2.8 million in grants will be available for community projects, activities and partnerships that celebrate cultural diversity – one of western Sydney’s most important assets.

This funding will encourage cultural sharing and promote a sense of belonging for new Australians.

Finally, western Sydney has received a substantive, and critically needed boost to health infrastructure.

However, this is just the beginning of what is needed – particularly in the west’s outer ring.

Overall, western Sydney will do well from the 2016 Budget.

However, every cent is greatly needed, and WSROC will continue to call for further investment in the region over the coming year.

Councillor Tony Hadchiti is the president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

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