Labor's Plan to Boost Regional NSW

Luke Foley has used his 2017 Budget Reply to lay out his commitment
to regional and rural NSW


Luke Foley reiterated Labor’s support fort he sale of the state’s share of the Snowy Hydro scheme to the Federal Government conditional on guaranteed ongoing public ownership of this Australian icon: Under Labor, every dollar of the proceeds will be spent in regional NSW.

Unlike the Nationals, who have only committed 30 per cent of the proceeds to regional communities, a Foley Labor Government will ensure all of the $4 to $5 billion in proceeds will be used to improve regional schools, TAFEs, hospitals, roads, energy, water, cultural and sporting infrastructure.

In another key part of his Budget Reply speech, Luke vowed to look to the opportunities that a new airport in Western Sydney can provide for primary producers and committed to working with stakeholders in smoothing out supply chains to ensure our world-class, quality produce can get to emerging markets in China and India – making sure NSW farmers benefit from a project that should be for all of the State.

In the lead up to 2019, Luke will continue to visit the regions to hear directly from local communities about the Liberal Government’s neglect. Recently, he travelled to the North Coast, Monaro, the Upper Hunter and this time last year visited Menindee Lakes as part of two-day tour of Broken Hill.

Luke also re-stated Labor’s commitment to help the people of Far West NSW get back on their feet as regional town populations fall and businesses struggle to attract and retain staff. A Foley Labor Government will abolish payroll tax for all small and medium-sized businesses in the Far West.

In May, Luke asked the Premier to waive payroll tax for flood-affected companies in the North Coast region for 12 months –but that help has yet to come.

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