2022 Farrer Budget Summary | Deniliquin Pastoral Times
The 2022/23 budget features some heavy hitters for Farrer’s electorate, including millions of dollars for water supply and reform, and hundreds of millions to bolster infrastructure nationwide, including highways, bridges and telecommunications.
But the coalition government released its 2022/23 budget this week to a largely critical reception on Monday evening, when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered a speech full of theatrical language.
The budget is widely believed to be riddled with apparent “quick fixes”.
Federal elections are due before May, and the budget was a key attempt to curry favor with voters.
Farrer MP Sussan Ley, however, hinted that the budget was in line with the needs of the nation.
“Overall, I think this is a budget that recognizes that it’s been a tough two years, that it’s still tough for many, but here’s the way forward for our region and the country,” he said. she declared.
“In addition to the promised cost-of-living and fuel excise duty reduction measures, there is the upgrade of the speed and capacity of the NBN wireless towers – with more money also committed to adding new mobile phone coverage and reducing growing congestion on local phone towers,” Ms Ley said.
The Commonwealth has allocated $480 million to repair the region’s access to the National Broadband Network (NBN), following the regional telecommunications review and a major concern in the southern Riverina.
“What we’re calling the Regional Accelerator Program will provide additional support to existing regional development programs, steps that have been so important to keeping our economy going during the COVID shutdowns.”
$750 million of the $7 billion plan is expected to go to NSW.
“It’s also important to note that funding for state health systems and hospitals continues to increase, and the reforms we’ve undertaken in the Murray Darling Basin, including compliance and trade in water, are fully funded here.”
The federal government provided $1.4 million – complementing $3.2 million from the state government – to upgrade the emergency department at Deniliquin Hospital in 2019, but a large sector of the community had called for a new hospital as the current building ages.
Below is a summary of what Ms. Ley believes will benefit the electorate.
Region specific items:
- $35.1 million over three years from 2021-22 to better deliver environmental water to high-value ecosystems in the Edward-Wakool region – recently awarded to Murray Irrigation Ltd.
- $3.2 million over two years starting in 2022-23 to improve water compliance.
- $2.1 million in 2022-23 to implement the Water Market Reform Roadmap to improve the governance and integrity of water markets in the Basin.
- $60 million from the Echuca Corridor to Robinvale, including planning for the new bridge from Swan Hill to Murray Downs.
- $4.9 million for improvements on our portion of the Newell Highway from Tocumwal to Narrandera.
- A $480 million boost to the NBN fixed wireless network improves coverage and speed for 14,000 homes and businesses in Farrer (2,421 in Mid Murray); announced on March 25, 2022.
- $59 million for Farrer under the two-year Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (including $3.7 million for Edward River and $3.4 million for Berrigan Shire).
Items for Regional Australia:
- Expand the housing guarantee program to 50,000 places each year. 10,000 spaces will go exclusively to home buyers in the Australia region.
- $365.3 million increase in the Wage Subsidy Program for Future Trades, Plumbers, Tilesetters, Chefs and Skilled Workers to help train an additional 35,000 apprentices and trades trainees.
- Third round of the Regional Airports Program – providing $29 million in funding for the modernization of airports and regional aerodromes.
- $4 million to increase patient access to specialist physicians and encourage more specialists to train in the regions.
- $708 million to continue the Specialized Training Program (STP) for another four years.
- $14.8 million over four years to provide internships across the country from the Charles Sturt University Rural Clinical School.
- Funding of $1.9 million for national sporting events to rebound from the impacts of the pandemic.
Ongoing funding previously allocated:
- $281,500: Road surface and entrance improvements to Finely Saleyards.
- $792,392: Improving Maude Road.
- $450,000: Jimarangle Creek Bridge Replacement Burraboi.
- $133,000: Jerilderie Early Learning Center play area.
- $630,000: Redevelopment of Deniliquin Town Hall.
Roads to Recovery funding (in progress):
- Edward River Board – $5,779,019.
- Berrigan County Council – $5,265,162.
Financial Aid Grant Funding (Ongoing):
- Edward River Board – $6,063,934.
- Berrigan County Council – $5,247,181.