NSW Labor leader Michael Daley has used his first Question Time to bring the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government to task for ripping off regional NSW by failing to meet the 30 percent requirement for Restart NSW infrastructure spending to go to regional NSW.
In her latest report, the Auditor-General found that regional NSW was cheated out of almost half of the infrastructure spending they were promised, receiving just 17.2 percent in 2017-18.
The program is designed to reach the 30 percent target for investment in regional infrastructure- yet the total was only 17.2 percent in 2017-18.
In fact, the Liberal-National Government have underspent in regional NSW for four years running.
Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park said the government’s inability to properly explain why they are able to splurge billions on disastrous Sydney projects including the stadium knockdown, toll roads and light rail yet regional NSW misses out year after year.
The failure to meet the 30 percent Restart NSW target was revealed in a recent Auditor-General’s report on the 2017-18 State Finances, which made several key findings including that the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government suffered a $122 million dollar loss from the sale of its Snowy Hydro stake.
Mr Park described the loss as a devastating blow for regional NSW, who have again been neglected by the Sydney-centric Liberal-National Government. NSW Labor believes that money would have made a significant contribution to school, hospital and infrastructure funding in regional NSW.
Quotes attributable to NSW Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park
“People in regional areas would be feeling pretty hard done by right now. They see billions going into these terrible Sydney projects and then they wait to receive what’s left.
“Despite big promises to help out regional areas, the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government just can’t seem to hit that magic 30 percent for investment in their infrastructure.
“It is unbelievable that the NSW Government squandered $122 million which would have made a massive contribution to school and hospital funding.”