This year’s budget has been handed down, promising to deliver some relief for the rising cost of living.
A number of projects and upgrades across Canberra have also been included in this year’s spend.
Here’s what’s being deliver across the ACT:
- $51 million for three road projects, including the duplication of Athllon Drive.
- $38.5 million over four years for the upgrade of Scrivener Dam
- $5.8 million in arts sector support for the National Museum
- $2.6 million for new statues of prominent Indigenous Australians to be located within the Parliamentary Triangle
ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja said, overall, this budget delivers for Canberra.
“We’re seeing cost of living pressures being taken off with the fuel excise cuts, pensioners and low and middle income earners getting more money, small businesses getting more support.”
However, ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr thinks the Territory has been ‘significantly shortchanged’ on an investment into major infrastructure projects.
“Despite the ACT being home to 1.68% of Australia’s population, just 0.3% of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure spending will make its way into the ACT in this budget.”
“This means the ACT Government will, once again, do the heavy lifting on job-creating infrastructure investments.”
Barr also criticised the Federal Government’s failure to invest in the AIS precinct or take ‘real action’ to support the move to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Chief Minister has however welcomed the extra funding for mental health services and efforts to reduce domestic and family violence.
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