Labor black hole grows by $2.6 billion after bungled costings

Labor has lost track of almost $2.6 billion dollars after bungling its Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) costings, promising to fund billions in commitments from WestInvest and Restart without cancelling any currently allocated projects.

Labor has flagged taking $3.8 billion from WestInvest by raiding from the state government allocation despite the total for the government round only totalling $2.9 billion.

The NSW government round is already allocated to 27 announced projects, which Labor will cancel, including air conditioning in 84 schools, a new mega parkland at Fernhill Estate, road upgrades at Henry Lawson Drive, Richmond Road, Elizabeth Drive and Pitt Town bypass, health hubs in Liverpool and Glenfield, a PCYC flagship youth hub in Parramatta and school upgrades at Leppington Public, Austral Public, Rouse Hill High and Schofields Public.

To make up the nearly $982 million shortfall, Labor would have to borrow more money, deepening the existing Labor wages budget black hole of $8.6 billion, or cancel even more projects in the community or local government rounds of WestInvest.

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said opposition treasury spokesman Daniel Mookhey, a former union official, could not be trusted with the NSW Budget.

“This is economic amateur hour from Labor. They are promising things they clearly have no intention of delivering, or worse, they have simply no idea what they will or won’t be able to fund in the community,” Mr Kean said.

“If the people of NSW needed proof that Labor cannot run the Budget – let alone our $770 billion economy – then the PBO statement makes it clear that Labor cannot be trusted to deliver what communities have worked hard to secure, let alone track and fund their own promises.

“WestInvest is already fully allocated and announced, with 231 transformational projects across 15 council areas fully funded and progressing.”

Mr Kean said local community groups, councils and agencies have begun preparing and delivering everything from local pools to preschools, all of which have been independently assessed by the WestInvest Steering Committee.

“Labor has seen these local projects as a sitting duck and staged the biggest cash-grab of the election, using $3.8 billion in funds set aside for western Sydney communities as their election slush-fund,” Mr Kean said.

“Every community in Western Sydney deserves to know what local projects they will drain of resources and cut from the program to throw at their candidates and pet projects.

“Labor has then gone on to claim that they won’t touch the local government or community rounds. If that is the case, then they will need to top up WestInvest by almost $1 billion to cover the shortfall for their $3.8 billion WestInvest raid.

“Clearly they will have to borrow money to top up the fund or they will have to cut community and council projects from WestInvest.

“Once again, they need to come clean with the public – will they simply lie now and cut later, or lie now and borrow later?”

Labor has also double-dipped into the regional funding source, Restart, claiming projects funded from the reservation have nil impact when in fact they will appear on the balance sheet.

“Restart is a not a free bucket of cash. They have siphoned $1.6 billion out of Restart and claimed it will have no financial impact, but every funding decision made against Restart must be accounted for in the budget,” Mr Kean said.

“This is yet more unfunded commitments from Labor to add to their unfunded wages blow-out and billions in undercooked commitments for health, firefighters and education.”

WestInvest projects to be cancelled by Labor

1. Integrated Community Health Hubs-South Western Sydney (Liverpool and Glenfield)

2. Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan Masterplan Stage 1

3. Fernhill Estate Transformation

4. The People’s Loop, the Bridges of Parramatta Park and Wisteria Gardens

5. Air Quality Program in Schools (84 schools across WestInvest LGAs)

6. Western Sydney Stadium precinct Community based asset

7. PMC Salt Pan Creek Parklands

8. Transforming Parramatta’s Roxy Theatre

9. Penrith Lakes Parkland

10. Richmond Road at Marsden Park

11. Richmond Road M7

12. Box Hill (Terry Road) new school

13. Henry Lawson Drive Stage 1B

14. Westmead Education Campus upgrade

15. Condell Park High School Upgrade

16. Schofields Public School Upgrade

17. Sir Joseph Banks High School Upgrade

18. Riverbank Public School Upgrade – Stage 3

19. Rouse Hill High School Upgrade

20. Leppington Public School Upgrade

21. Austral Public School Upgrade

22. Parramatta East Public School Upgrade

23. Telopea Public School Upgrade

24. Pitt Town Bypass

25. Garfield Road East

26. Elizabeth Drive Upgrade

27. Londonderry Business Case

Local Government projects at risk of being cut by Labor

28. Quality Green and Open Spaces in Blacktown LGA

29. Revitalisation of Mount Druitt Hub

30. Local Traffic Programs in Blacktown LGA

31. Community Park refurbishment at Ashley Brown Reserve North

32. Community Infrastructure in the Blacktown Local Government Area

33. Reserve Embellishment – Tallawong Reserve and Rosenthal Park

34. Leura Cascades Recreation Precinct Upgrade – Stage 2

35. Lomatis Park Clubhouse and Amenities Upgrade

36. Wentworth Falls Dam and Lake Recreational Precinct Upgrade – Stage 2

37. Development of the Grand Cliff Top Walk- a world class iconic multi-day bushwalking experience

38. Active Transport Links

39. Strathfield Place Making Project

40. Burwood Library Pod

41. Burwood Main Street Transformation Project

42. Woodstock Park Sensory Garden Project

43. Burwood Park Inclusive Play Space

44. Deane Street Precinct Transformation

45. Henley Park Sports Field Upgrade Project

46. Park Expansions – Portland and Russell Street creation of quality new green open space

47. Cut Hill Reserve Sports Field Redevelopment

48. Camden Animal Shelter & Community Education Hub

49. Glenfield Urban Bike Park​

50. Simmos Beach Parklands – Activating the Upper Georges River

51. Town Centre Beautification and Public Art – Glenfield Town Centre

52. Kanbyugal Parklands – Mountain Bike Park

53. Macarthur Recreation Trail – Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan to Campbelltown Station

54. Hurley Park – Early stories of Campbelltown’s Resilience

55. Connected Campbelltown – A network of shared use pathway links and circuits

56. Leumeah Youth Precinct

57. Outdoor Fitness Facilities Program – For a Fitter Healthier Campbelltown

58. Campbelltown City Centre Transformation project

59. St Helens Park Youth Space

60. Revitalising Campsie Civic Precinct

61. Roberts Park Community Hub

62. Local Traffic Program

63. Wran District Park

64. Panania Library and Knowledge Centre

65. Belmore and Lakemba Town Centre Renewal

66. Lidcombe Town Centre High Street Activation

67. Guildford Pool Modernisation

68. Civic Park Pendle Hill Upgrade

69. Fairfield Showground Stage 2 – Indoor Sports Centre

70. Kurrajong to Kurmond Cycleway

71. Fernadell Park and Community Facility development

72. Getting around and Discovering the Hawkesbury

73. Woodbury Reserve Upgrade

74. Light Horse Park embellishment and upgrades

75. Sue Savage Reserve Multigenerational Recreational Facilities

76. Doyle Ground Sports Facility Improvements

77. Max Ruddock Reserve Amenities Modernisation with Viewing Platform

78. Refurbish Rydalmere Bowling Club into a New Multi-Purpose Community Facility

79. Let’s play @ Kilpack!

80. Active Youth are Healthy Youth

81. Somerville Park Improvement Project

82. West Epping Park Dog Off-Leash Area

83. Gipps Street Recreation Precinct

84. St Marys City Heart and Entertainment Canopy

85. Upgrading of Flood Warning Infrastructure – The Hills Shire Council LGA

86. Horseworld – Indoor Recreation Centre

87. Dudley Chesham Masterplan 1st Stage – Multipurpose Community Facility

88. Renew and upgrade Oakdale Hall at Egans Rd, Oakdale

89. Railside Ave main street upgrade Bargo

90. Wollondilly Community, Cultural & Civic Precinct – Performing Arts Centre

91. Upgrade Appin Tennis Courts, AIS Park Appin (Sportsground Parade) and lights

92. Warragamba Netball Courts

93. The Oaks Hall

94. Footpath Shared Path Program

95. Thirlmere Hall Refurbishment

96. Hudson District Park East

97. Begnell Field Revitalisation

98. Airey Park Refurbishment

99. Strathfield Park Revitalisation

100. Castle Hill Showground Arena

  1. Turnbull Oval, North Richmond Park

Community projects at risk under Labor

  1. Nursery Upgrade and Cumberland Plain Improvement Project
  1. Bennett Park Skate & Mixed Recreation Space
  1. Mount Druitt Swimming Centre Renewal
  1. Gandangara Cultural Connection Hub – Connect. Belong. Thrive.
  1. Campbelltown Arts Centre Expansion
  1. New Hyland Road Sporting Complex, Greystanes – Planning and Delivery
  1. The Y Yarramundi Camping, Conference and Outdoor Education Retreat Redevelopment
  1. A redevelopment of Richmond Swimming Centre to upgrade an ageing and dated Aquatic Facility.
  1. New Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC) Community Facility in Mount Druitt
  1. First Nations Community Centre
  1. Campbelltown Health and Education Precinct (CHEP) Connectivity, Wayfinding and Identity Project
  1. Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre Improvements
  1. New autism specific school for Hills District (Aspect Western Sydney School Box Hill campus)
  1. Cycleway Bridge over Rickabys Creek
  1. Upgrade of the Katoomba Falls Visitor Precinct
  1. Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre Upgrades
  1. Youth Empowerment Hub – Lowana
  1. Park – Redbank Park Master Plan
  1. District Park Upgrade – South Lawson Park
  1. Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade – Broughton Anglican College
  1. Minto Multicultural Community Centre Enhancement
  1. Redevelopment of St Paul’s Community Centre
  1. Enfield Aquatic Centre Redevelopment – Stage 4
  1. Blacktown City Arts and Cultural Centre
  1. Seven Hills Portal – Community Resource Hub
  1. Western Parramatta River and CBD Precinct Connections
  1. Endeavour Sports Park Synthetic Field Upgrade
  1. Liz Kernohan Drive Intersection Upgrade with Camden Valley Way & Kirkham Lane
  1. Amity College New Primary School – Stage 2 Construction of Leppington Campus
  1. Parramatta CBD to Sydney CBD Cycleway
  1. Eastern Parramatta River and CBD Precinct Connections
  1. Camden Civic Centre Renewal and Upgrade
  1. Playspace Network Upgrades
  1. Epping Town Centre: Oxford Street Urban Amenity & Reinvigoration Project
  1. Ingleburn Town Centre Transformation Project – Partnership with Ingleburn Chamber of Commerce
  1. Blaxland Activation and Improvement Program
  1. Roselands Centre for Disability Support
  1. Parker Street Reserve Sport and Recreation Precinct
  1. Camden Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan
  1. Shepherds Wharf Ministry Centre and Community Hub
  1. Mulgoa Creek – connecting community with healthy habitats
  1. Indigenous Centre of Excellence
  1. ACU STEM Centre of Education Excellence, Strathfield
  1. Brickmakers Creek – Woodward Park
  1. Sydney Islamic Arts Museum
  1. North Richmond Community Precinct – Library, Arts, Recreation and Evacuation Centre
  1. Burwood Urban Park and Arts and Cultural Centre
  1. Cook Park Precinct Sport, Play, Grandstand & Mixed Recreation
  1. Railway Parade Bridge Upgrade, Railway Parade Glenfield
  1. Blue Mountains LGA Wide Active Transport Links
  1. Creating a Walking City
  1. Electrifying the City
  1. Tamplin Field Redevelopment
  1. Finlaysons Creek Regional Cycleway
  1. Narellan Town Centre Improvements
  1. WHOS West Multi-Function Alcohol and other Drug Centre
  1. St Merkorious Food Distribution Centre & Sustainable Community Garden
  1. Aspect Therapy and Community Services Hub in South West Sydney (Liverpool LGA)
  1. RSPCA NSW Community Outreach
  1. New District Park at Brenan Park
  1. North Granville Community Open Space Upgrade
  1. Great Blue Mountains Trail – Kiah Lookout to Echo Point
  1. Castle Hill Showground – Pedestrian Bridge
  1. Multipurpose Community Facilities Hub
  1. Camden Community Nursery
  1. Development of Improved Visitor Facilities Infrastructure to Support Tourism Recovery
  1. Pitt Park Athletics Complex Upgrade
  1. Great Blue Mountains Trail – Narrow Neck Road to Acacia St, Katoomba
  1. Hawkesbury District Community Scout Hall
  1. Lake Parramatta Swimming Area Upgrade Stage 2
  1. Community wellbeing – solar and batteries
  1. Inclusive Playground Project
  1. A new accessible venue, workshop and office space at Varuna, the National Writers’ House.
  1. SmartenUp Blackheath Community Centre
  1. Revitalisation of the Wentworth Falls School of Arts Theatre and Hall
  1. Upgrade to Cooke Park Skatepark
  1. Refurbishment of large maintenance shed to be a modern, air conditioned School Hall
  1. Indoor Multi- Sports Sports Stadium
  1. Blacktown Aquatic Centre Masterplan, Blacktown
  1. Carnes Hill Aquatic & Leisure Centre
  1. Riverside Theatres Re- development
  1. Greater West Sydney Oasis: A Collaborative Community Transformation Centre & Arts and Cultural Hub
  1. Duck River Nature Trail
  1. Scalabrini North- Leppington Town Centre Open Space and Riparian Corridor
  1. Camden Town Centre Enhancements – John Street Public Domain Upgrade and Activation
  1. Scalabrini East – Pat Kontista Active Open Space and Community Facilities
  1. Don Moore Multi-Purpose Community Hub
  1. Gandangara Support Centre – Veteran Rehabilitation and Youth Diversion Programs
  1. Sport and Health Centre of Excellence at Leumeah
  1. Macquarie Street Upgrade
  1. Strengthening the Heart of Play
  1. City Park Urban Retreat
  1. Scott Street Upgrade
  1. Katoomba Town Centre | Place Activation Project
  1. Railway Street Upgrade
  1. Dharawal Nature Playspace
  1. Carter Street Precinct Community Centre Cold Shell Fit-Out
  1. Neighbourhood Park Upgrade Program
  1. UMA Centre Padstow Transformation Project
  1. Glenbrook Activation and Improvement Program
  1. Paisley Road Beautification Project
  1. Amenities Upgrade Eschol Park Sporting Complex
  1. Active Transport Link – Single Ridge Road, Winmalee / Yellow Rock
  1. Hazelbrook Village Centre – Place Activation Project
  1. Andromeda Oval Storage, Sports Surface & Carpark Improvements
  1. Bernie Mullane Sports Complex – Livvi’s Playground Extension including amenities
  1. Ultimate Nature Challenge – Wild and Free
  1. The Hills School Accessible Playground Learning Spaces
  1. Creative Design Innovation Centre and classroom upgrade
  1. Waterboard Oval Upgrade – two full size soccer pitches and cricket / AFL
  1. The Salvation Army Norwest Community Hub
  1. Baker Crescent Shops – Design & Rejuvenation of Street/Shop front including McBurney Reserve
  1. Arts and culture revival
  1. Balcombe Heights Estate Centenary Sensory Garden
  1. Fred Caterson Reserve – Fields 1, 2 & 3 Upgrade and Refurbishment
  1. Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink Roof & Amenities Upgrade
  1. Chandos St, Yanderra Shared Path & K&G Construction
  1. Community Park Embellishment in Canley Vale

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