'This budget's about sharing the pain': Berowra MP

Berowra MP Philip Ruddock.

Berowra MP Philip Ruddock.

Berowra MP Philip Ruddock that under this budget, major infrastructure development would occur in his electorate.

‘‘Really that’s what the longer term is about,’’ Mr Ruddock said.

He said $405 million had been allocated towards NorthConnex, for the project to begin this year.

He said those over 50 years of age on benefits would be taken care of.

Employers who hired them would receive a $10,000 subsidy.

The environment was another winner.

‘‘There is a provision for the Green Army and local organisations can seek support and develop proposals" - — Philip Ruddock

‘‘There is a provision for the Green Army and local organisations can seek support and develop proposals,’’ Mr Ruddock said with reference to the Australian government’s decision to allocate $525million for the Green Army program over five years from July 1, 2014.

‘‘I am hopeful some of your local authorities might give that some thought.’’

The Green Army program provides opportunities for Australians aged 17 to 24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the environment.

‘‘One of the major aspects of the Berowra electorate is that it’s surrounded by great parkways,’’ Mr Ruddock said.

‘‘I think people do understand that sound spending, if it builds infrastructure, is good"

He said the government had also made provisions for the Black Spot program, which targets road locations where crashes occur.

‘‘In Wisemans Ferry there’s a spot that’s got Black Spot funding they are continuing,’’ Mr Ruddock said.

Councils can seek funding for treatment of black spots from either the Federal government’s Nation Building black spot program or the NSW government’s black spot program.

‘‘Australia unfortunately has been living beyond its means"

‘‘I think people do understand that sound spending, if it builds infrastructure, is good,’’ Mr Ruddock said.

‘‘It’s fine to borrow for infrastructure but to borrow for everyday expenditure is highly irresponsible.

‘‘Nobody would do it personally.

‘‘Australia unfortunately has been living beyond its means . . . it went on pink batts, computers for schools that are now out of date.

‘‘This budget is about sharing the pain for the short-term fairly but for long-term gain, particular for our children and our children’s future.’’

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