Mark Taylor: Budget is 'common sense'

Liberal candidate for Seven Hills Councillor Mark Taylor today welcomed the NSW Budget as a win for Seven Hills residents.

Picture: Max Mason.

Picture: Max Mason.

Liberal Candidate for Seven Hills Councillor Mark Taylor said state budget funding for transport, road, hospitals and school safety was a win for Seven Hills residents.

Councillor Taylor said the budget invested heavily in transport with the North West Rail Link and expanded bus services.

“This budget can be best summed up as a compassionate yet common sense budget,” Cr Taylor said.

“The new 706 bus route from Parramatta to Blacktown via Winston Hills and Kings Langley provides much needed public transport to our area, particularly for ageing residents who have spoken to me often about the need for better transport options.

“This is in addition to the $1.4 million to plan for the widening of the Prospect Highway (Blacktown Road) between Reservoir Road and St Martins Crescent and $654,000 to rebuild and resurface the pavement on Wall Park Avenue, making it safer for residents around Seven Hills.”

Councillor Taylor said that health services in the Seven Hills region would also be improved as a result of the Budget.

“We will see a $400 million Westmead Hospital upgrade and $81.1 million put into the Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital redevelopments.

“As part of the Blacktown Hospital upgrade, we will see a $3 million carpark expansion.

“In the roads budget, there is also $203,000 for school crossing supervisors.”

Cr Taylor said the budget was an example of responsible government.

“These spending commitments have been underlined with fiscal responsibility with the budget returning to a $660 million surplus in 2015-16,” Cr Taylor said.

“After 16 long years of Labor waste, corruption and incompetence, not only has the  [state government] delivered on its commitment to fix the budget, but the government is now delivering on its election promise, through improving our infrastructure and services, to make NSW number one again.”

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