BY DAVID ELLIOTT MP
The NSW 2021-22 Budget is focused on keeping our community safe and accelerating our state’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Key features of the 2021-22 budget include:
• $2.2 million for new fit-for-purpose learning spaces at Matthew Pearce Public School in Baulkham Hills;
• $43.3 million for the Rouse Hill Health Service;
• $201.4 million for the Western Sydney Growth Roads Program which includes the Memorial Avenue upgrade;
• $2.9 billion to progress construction of the Sydney Metro West between Westmead and the CBD;
• A suite of small business support measures including an extension of payroll tax cuts and the fees and charges rebate scheme;
• $4.7 billion in funding for the NSW Police Force, including record capital expenditure of $389 million; and,
• Record funding of $1.9 billion for fire and emergency services.
DINE & DISCOVER EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 31
The Dine & Discover program has been extended until July 31 to give NSW residents time to use all of their vouchers. More than 4.23 million people have already downloaded the vouchers, spending more than $357 million with registered businesses, including additional purchases.
The Dine & Discover program has played a valuable role in supporting local businesses and reviving consumer confidence. Businesses and customers still have time to register for the program before it expires on July 31. For more information and to register, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au.
MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER THIS WINTER
Winter is the time when we see an increase in residential house fire-related fatalities. 2021-22 Budget
Some simple steps you can take to make your home safer this winter include: • Never leave cooking unattended; • Test your smoke alarms;
• Keep everything one metre from the heater;
• Do not overload power boards;
• Turn off your electric blanket at night; and,
• Do not use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside your home. For more information, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/winter.2021-22 Budget