• Hannah Phillips

How Will the 2018/19 NSW Budget Affect You?

The NSW Budget was released yesterday, with Member for Albury, Greg Aplin welcoming the strong focus on keeping pressure on household costs. “

Wherever we can reduce costs for families and households, we do it," he said.

Wayne had the story on Flow FM's Morning Show.

New budget measures include:

  • 40% reduction in registration fees for caravans and camper trailers.

  • One click energy switch program to help find a cheaper energy bill, or change providers easily.

  • $200M for 3-year-olds to go to community preschools.

  • Parents Package including the Baby bundle for new parents to support the health, development and well-being of their babies ($7.6 million).

  • $150,000 Albury PCYC upgrade – activities for your children to enjoy.

  • Creative Kids $100 rebate to school-aged children for activities such as lessons in art, music, language, coding, performance.

  • 100,000 free apprenticeships.

  • Service NSW Centres to become one-stop shops for NSW Government cost of living support to help navigate 40 cost of living programs from 12 agencies.

“Collectively these add up and help relieve pressure on household budgets,” Mr Aplin said.

He was also excited to announce budget support for mental health facilities in the Albury electorate, saying:

“I have been working on a plan to completely modernise the way mental health is managed here.

"First came the Brain & Mind Centre, currently under development, as a community treatment one-stop-shop.

“And [now] Nolan House – the border’s acute mental health facility – will be reimagined and rebuilt with planning funding to commence the process.

“It’s not just infrastructure. An increase of $82.5M in the mental health Budget boosts it to $2 billion – the biggest single investment in mental health infrastructure in Australia’s history.”

Other health funding in the Budget includes:

  • Ongoing preparations for $30M Albury Hospital Emergency Department.

  • Ongoing development of the Brain & Mind Centre.

  • Recurrent funding for Albury Wodonga Health of approximately $120M.

  • Funding for an additional 950 nurses and midwives, 300 doctors, 120 allied health workers, 700 paramedics and 50 call centre staff, over the next four years.

  • Ongoing funding for $60M rebuild of MPSs at Tumbarumba and Culcairn.

  • Additional investment in technology and staff to advance paediatric precision medicine to help treat childhood cancer and other genetic disorders.

  • Enhanced systems across NSW to support safe and timely transfer of pregnant women who require higher levels of care.

  • Increased specialist perinatal and infant mental health services, which will deliver mental health services to pregnant women and mothers with severe and complex mental illness.

  • Planning for neonatal and obstetrics services at Albury Hospital.

  • $55M in initiatives to support mental health workers and workplaces.

Road safety initiatives have also been funded in the 2018/19 budget, with wire rope barriers, audio tactile line markings, and more highway patrol officers in regional areas on their way.

A boost of $600 million in additional funding for dedicated road safety improvements and enhanced police enforcement has been announced, with Mr Aplin saying the recent increases in the road toll called for further investment in targeted initiatives.

“The cash injection brings the total investment in reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads over the next five years to $1.9 billion,” he said.

“We are investing in proven initiatives to lower the road toll. Addressing speeding, drink and drug driving, driver fatigue and pedestrian and cyclist safety."

Priority areas include:

  • $640 million to save lives on country roads through infrastructure safety upgrades.

  • $250 million for enhanced enforcement, including 50 additional highway patrol officers in regional areas, roadside alcohol testing and a doubling of mobile drug testing.

  • $180 million to increase liveability and safety in urban communities through infrastructure safety upgrades for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

“But this historic investment can only go so far in reducing road deaths and serious injuries and we need every driver, rider and pedestrian to do their bit by taking responsibility for their actions on the road,” Mr Aplin said.

To view the NSW Road Safety Plan 2021, visit: towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan.

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