NSW Labor, fighting for rural NSW
Regional NSW is the backbone of our State’s economy, supporting both country and city communities.
That’s why Labor has a strong history of delivering real results for hardworking rural families.
That’s why we invested a record $3.5 billion dollars on regional roads in the last budget alone.
That’s why 74% of our entire roads budget for the state is spent outside of Sydney. Because country families deserve a safe travel, and market access for our regional producers is essential to the strength of our economy.
And that’s why last year’s budget saw $4.4 billion put aside for rural andregional health services – and that figure will continue to grow.
The health agreement I won for NSW protected the interests and the special funding needs of our regional hospitals; and delivered 163 extra beds and $11 million in new equipment for 51 hospitals.
This will ensure that rural hospitals remain viable and can meet the needs of local communities.
Labor is also growing our regional centres; so that country kids have a choice of careers in their own community.
We have strengthened the economic development of regional NSW, through the worst drought in almost a hundred years and through some of the toughest global economic conditions in memory.
During these challenging economic conditions, more than 129,000 new jobs have been created in regional NSW since May 2007 – more than twice as many as the Coalition is promising in the next 4 years.
And this is most important, because it shows how Labor really supports regional NSW, and not just when it is popular to do so.
And we will continue to support young people with the skills and education they need - investing $5.2 billion in rural and regional education this year alone; and creating 3,000 fully-funded training places for apprentices.
In these ways, and in so many others, Labor has shown itself to be the protector of jobs and services, and a support of families right across this State.
A re-elected Labor Government will continue to deliver record investment and real results for rural and regional communities – because we recognise rural NSW is key to the prosperity of all NSW communities.
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