Budget Execution for Clarence and Richmond Valleys
New South Wales Nationals in the State Government Budget 2022-2023 act decisively on immediate cost of living issues and lock down infrastructure in Clarence and the Richmond Valley for the future, said Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.
“The budget puts ink to paper on the big items we promised, such as the major redevelopment of Grafton Hospital, the new ambulance station at Casino and the new Emergency and Rescue Operations Center. $8.4 million Clarence Fire Control,” Gulaptis said.
“Given that there will be elections next year, it was important to make these projects uncancellable.”
Gulaptis said the government had also listened and acted on growing concerns over cost of living pressures, following the pandemic, floods and soaring prices, particularly of fuel and oil. electricity.
“We stretched the state budget to ease the pressure on your family budget,” Gulaptis said.
He said the government was expanding what was already the best set of household savings initiatives in Australia.
“Since the last election, we have introduced a wide range of vouchers, discounts and subsidies that are particularly beneficial for young families, the elderly and people on low incomes and now we are making this even better,” Mr Gulaptis said. .
- Every schoolchild in NSW will be entitled to a new $150 back-to-school voucher
- Eligible households will be able to apply for free solar panels and energy and green appliances under a new $128 million Energy Bill Buster program.
- A Brighter Beginnings Affordable Preschool initiative will provide fee relief for preschools and long-term daycares.
- University students and apprentices in the NSW region will be entitled to a $250 travel expense card, similar to the one government nationals have introduced for regional seniors.