Penrith a "winner" as Perrottet delivers first budget

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres

Penrith is a "big winner" under Treasurer Dominic Perrottet's first budget delivered today, according to Stuart Ayres.

Among the sweeteners contained in the budget for the area was $576 million for the major upgrade of Nepean Hospital – announced by the government last year - and money for new intercity fleet trains.

Penrith MP Mr Ayres also listed the long-called for “brand new public school at Jordan Springs” as a budget bonus for the region, as well as “major upgrades to Penrith Public and Claremont Meadows Public Schools”.

"Penrith is a big winner in this budget." said Mr Ayres said in a statement. "This budget is seeing massive capital investments in our local schools and Nepean Hospital and includes critical upgrades to Northern and Mulgoa roads that will ensure our arterial roads expand as our community grows.”

Mr Perrottet announced a $4.5 billion surplus for 2016-17 as he handed down today’s budget, with privatisations supercharging NSW’s finances.

The government has earmarked $485.2 million to continue building the Northern Road upgrade, $13.4 million to progress the Jane Street and Mulgoa Road upgrade, and $15.9 million to continue the Penrith train station upgrade.

A total of $20.6 million will continue construction of the Nepean River Pedestrian Bridge – also known as the Green Bridge – and funding will be set aside for new shared cycling and walking paths at Tench Reserve.

“This budget demonstrates that Penrith truly does benefit from strong economic management,” Mr Ayres said. “After being forgotten by Labor for years, the Liberal Government knows just how important Penrith is.”

Comment was being sought from the NSW Opposition.