Apr 29, 2014

Liberals should explain funding cuts in Blacktown

Quakers Hill and Schofields residents using Burdekin Road are safer and have better access to Schofields Station following the completion of the Burdekin Road upgrade.

The project was fully funded at a cost of $4.5 million by the former Labor government under the Community Infrastructure Grants Program.

Whilst Liberal MPs have been falling over themselves to attend the official opening of the Labor Government funded project, and take the credit, they are refusing to explain why their government is cutting millions of dollars in community infrastructure funding.

Since being elected, the Coalition Government has cut more than $11 million of local community infrastructure in Blacktown.

This includes $9.5 million for the Regional Tennis Centre in Blacktown, a joint project between the former Labor government, Tennis Australia and Blacktown City Council.

The Coalition Government has also cut $1.5 million allocated by the former Labor Government for new soccer fields and car parks at Blacktown Football Park.

Both projects were fully funded in the existing Commonwealth budget under the Liveable Communities Program and the Regional Development Australia Fund.

When Senator Marise Payne attends the opening tomorrow she should explain to the people of Blacktown why her government has cut this important local funding.

In contrast, the previous Labor government allocated over $15 million to Blacktown City Council for local community infrastructure projects including:

  • The Mount Druitt Community Resource Hub
  • Faulkland Crescent Reserve Revitalisation
  • Upgrade of the International Peace Park Facility
  • Construction of Mount Druitt to Oakhurst cycleway route
  • Heber Park Car Parking Upgrade