18 Jun 2024 state budget

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has said that State Labor’s second budget must deliver for our region after a year of Minns Labor Government cuts to education, health and transport.

Mr Ward said that whilst last year’s budget was rich on talk, it was lacking real action and delivery for important projects in our region.

“Last year’s budget had lots of planning money, but not doing money. Most of Labor’s key election commitments won’t even start until after the next State election,” Mr Ward said.

“I’ve been campaigning for investments for a new school at Calderwood, an upgraded school for Bomaderry High and investments in before and after school care. I look forward to seeing what this State budget contains for projects like these,” Mr Ward said.

“Since coming to office, there hasn’t been much vision from this government on major infrastructure for our region. I’d like to see a commitment around a timeframe to build the Nowra Bypass and I’d like to see funding cut to the Toolijooa Passing Loop restored.

“I’d like to see the Regional Seniors Travel Card reinstated and the cuts to the Active Kids and Creative Kids rebates reversed.  

“As your local MP, I will continue to demand that our region receives its fair share of funding for the infrastructure, upgraded roads, hospitals, schools and essential front-line services which our local community deserves,” Mr Ward concluded.