Constance supports sale of ‘poles and wires’

NSW Treasurer and Member for Bega Andrew Constance has welcomed the announcement by Premier Mike Baird to unlock $20 billion in infrastructure funding, including $6 billion for regional

NSW, by undertaking a long-term lease of 49 per cent of the “poles and wires” network businesses.

NSW Treasurer and member for Bega Andrew Constance.

NSW Treasurer and member for Bega Andrew Constance.

The NSW Government is proposing to lease 49 per cent of the total network sector while leaving Essential Energy in public hands.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is determined to rebuild NSW and improve the lives of families in the South East and right across the state,” Mr Constance said.

“I’m honoured to represent our local community in the greatest state in the greatest country on earth, but I also know a number of significant challenges have built up.

“Whether it be our local or major roads, our schools and hospitals, or our water infrastructure, they have not kept up with our growing population.

“I embarked into public service to make a real difference, and this plan will ensure we are rebuilding NSW and making the Bega electorate a stronger and better community.

“This is about our generation making decisions today to make things better for future generations.

Highlights of Rebuilding NSW include:

Schools and Hospitals Building Fund - at least $2 billion for health and education


Sports and Cultural Fund - at least $2 billion to improve and build venues to attract major

events and tourism;

Regional Roads Fund - at least $1 billion to upgrade the road network in regional NSW;

Regional Water Fund – at least $1 billion for water quality & security in regional NSW.

“In line with the NSW Liberals & Nationals commitment before the 2011 election, I am now seeking

the support of Bega voters for this plan at the next election, before any action will be taken” Mr Constance said.

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