MICHELLE ROWLAND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GREENWAY
BUDGET 2021: NORTH-WEST SYDNEY OVERLOOKED – AGAIN
The Morrison Government’s 2021 Budget has once again overlooked Greater Blacktown – one of the fastest growing areas in Sydney.
The Government has promised some $43.5 billion in infrastructure spending in New South Wales, although none of the proposed funding will go to fixing congested roads or local projects in Greenway.
The Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, slammed the budget as another example of the Morrison Government’s disinterest in the people of North-West Sydney.
“Local residents work hard every day. They don’t expect much in return, but they do expect a Federal Government that is on their side”, Ms Rowland said.
Ms Rowland pointed to the failure to fund key infrastructure projects, like upgrading Bandon Road in Riverstone, as missed opportunities for local investment.
“Suburban roads in Riverstone and Schofields are reaching breaking point. Upgrading Bandon Road to unlock Riverstone’s potential would reduce congestion by getting industrial traffic off residential roads”, Ms Rowland said.
“This is a quality of life issue: less congestion means increased productivity and more time with our loved ones. That’s my priority for local small businesses and families”.
“It’s a shame the Liberals don’t share the same priorities”.
The Budget also fails to address the North-West Sydney’s health infrastructure deficit, with no additional funding to expand hospital services in Greenway.
“The expansion of the Rouse Hill Hospital project to include an emergency ward would transform the health services in our community – but yet again, not a cent”, Ms Rowland said.
Ms Rowland has called on the Federal Government to begin governing for all Australians, including the communities of North-West Sydney it continually ignores.
The Federal Budget was handed down on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.
WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021