The NSW Government has delivered a Sydney-centric budget that fails to deliver for rural and regional areas, according to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
‘‘It’s an absolute lie for this government to say this is a budget for the bush,’’ party leader Robert Borsak said.
‘‘Where are the major nation-building projects in rural NSW?
‘‘Where is the plan to reverse declining small town populations and lower life expectancy?
‘‘There is absolutely nothing for the bush that compares to Sydney light rail or the stadium re-build.
‘‘Even much of the so-called drought assistance is in the form of loans that push farmers further into debt.
‘‘Sydney gets grants and farmers get loans.’’
NSW State Member for Murray Helen Dalton, who is also a Griffith farmer, questioned why the government had run up such a huge surplus when people in her electorate still had to travel up to four hours to get to a hospital.
‘‘Why aren’t we fixing our country roads and upgrading our hospitals now?,’’ Ms Dalton asked.
‘‘These major infrastructure projects are not going to get any cheaper.
‘‘Sydney have had their splurge. The bush expected to have our turn during this budget.
‘‘We are very disappointed the government has instead chosen to hoard our taxes.’’