‘Focus on regions’ in NSW state budget

After a country swing away from the coalition at the NSW election, the state budget has farmers “at its heart.”

By Jodie Stephens Australian Associated Press June 18, 2019

Regional communities in NSW will benefit from extra drought assistance, frontline health staff as well as improved mobile and internet coverage.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet (pictured below) promised to put farmers “at the heart” of his third budget, to be delivered on Tuesday, following a countryside swing against the coalition at the March election.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet

Most budget spending for regional communities had already been revealed, including $355 million for drought assistance.

A further $90 million has been set aside to improve mobile and internet coverage and $37.5 million over three years to extend a wild dog fence in western NSW.

In addition there will be funding for about 3700 extra nurses, midwives, doctors and medical support staff in regional NSW.

“The drought continues to impact farmers, businesses and people living across our regions, and the budget measures announced today will stimulate local economies, build the infrastructure our regions need and secure town water supply,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said in a statement.

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