NSW State Budget 2017: BLOG

The NSW State Budget has been announced and will come under scrutiny from 7.30pm tonight.

Here’s a look at what will impact Highlanders.

► Former Liberal leader John Hewson shares his thoughts on the latest budget.

► Funding for the hospital redevelopment and the new police station were key highlights of the budget for the Southern Highlands.

► NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has unveiled budget surpluses worth almost $12 billion, underpinned by stamp duty from a booming property market and asset privatisations as well as $23 billion worth of cost cuts.

Describing his first state budget as "the envy of the western world", Mr Perrottet outlined measures squarely focused on the provision of "social infrastructure".

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Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said NSW was the only state with all of strong surpluses, negative net debt, a growing net worth, a triple A rating, low unemployment and record investments in services and infrastructure.

“That is a testament to the hardworking men and women of NSW, and puts us in the enviable position of being able to build for today as well as for tomorrow,” Mr Perrottet said.

► Additional funding for early childhood education will be a key part of the June 20 state budget.

Goulburn MP Pru Goward announced the state budget would include benefits for early childhood education.

►Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s visit to the Highlands came with a $20,000 bonus on Tuesday (June 6).

The Premier announced the state government would contribute to the Wingecarribee Day Care Centre’s extension appeal.

► A visit by Premier Gladys Berejiklian sparked a protest outside Bradman Museum.

Public Health First (PHF) tried to get answers from the Premier about the Bowral Hospital redevelopment when she visited the Highlands on June 6.

► Southern Highlands Push for Palliative members have welcomed the $100 million funding boost.

Announced by the state government earlier this week, the funding will provide additional positions for six palliative physicians in rural NSW.

It will also fund an additional 30 palliative care nurses, as well as training for 300 health staff in palliative care, and 300 scholarships for rural and regional health staff looking to enhance their palliative care skills.