NSW BUDGET | Carrawood Park to receive upgrade

Carrawood Park in Carramar will be upgraded as part of the state government's commitment to create well-connected communities with good-quality local environments.

In Tuesday's state budget, $31 million was allocated to upgrade open spaces at Appin, Ermington, Fairfield, Leppington and Penrith.

The proposed Fairfield project intends to upgrade the sports field and associated facilities at Carrawood Park including a playground that will provide greater recreational opportunities for the growing community.

The Office of Open Space and Parklands will lead the project in partnership with Fairfield Council. They are currently working together to scope the project with the design of the open space to be community led. Consultation will be undertaken with local residents once the project commences. There is no start date yet for the project.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said they were committed to creating "outdoor living rooms" right across Sydney.

"So more people can get outdoors and enjoy easy access to fantastic public spaces wherever they live," Mr Stokes said.

"This budget shows that the NSW Government is planning for open space more strategically - through improvements to land we already own and by buying up forgotten land across Sydney to create new parks, playgrounds, green links and cycleways between existing open spaces."

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the budget is a "take the pressure off family budgets", with the weekly Opal cap fare to be reduced to $50, interest-free loans for rooftop solar systems and a second $100 Active Kids Voucher for every school child each year.

The 20 per cent reduction in the Opal fare cap starts on July 1.

A second $100 Active Kids voucher will be available for the six month period from July 1 to December 31 this year and, and from 2020, two vouchers will be available each calendar year.

There will also be a $70 million investment into mobile dental clinics at schools in western Sydney, and a $8 million Foodbank program which will provide breakfast to children at 500 underprivileged schools.

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said the state budget will fund election commitments, while also continuing to deliver infrastructure and services across the region.

"I am pleased to announce that $30 million has been allocated for the upgrade of the Horsley Drive, between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road, thanks to federal and state Government funding, as well as funding for the upgrade to Fairfield Showground," she said.

Projects continuing in this budget include:

  • $22.2 million in 2019-20 ($103.9 million over 10 years) for parkland upgrades and business hub development at Western Sydney Parklands. These upgrades will improve signage and pathway accessibility and further establish business parks with proximity to the future Aerotropolis.
  • Upgrades to Fairvale, Canley Vale and Westfields Sports High Schools and William Stimson Public School.
  • The creation of a new master-planning and delivery agency for the Western Parkland City (the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority), which will undertake planning for key strategic sites in the Western Parkland City.
  • $631 million to be spent on New South Wales and Federal Government funded road upgrades to support the new Western Sydney Airport.

There were few surprises in the budget with many items revealed before it was handed down, including 8300 extra health staff, 4600 more teachers, 1500 more police and $355 million for drought relief.

The treasurer had already flagged savings would be achieved through cuts to the public service back-office, confirming on Tuesday about 2000 to 3000 positions would go.

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