$7000 incentive to go rural

BRACE yourself for an influx of Sydneysiders to the Coffs Coast.

That’s what could happen under a NSW Opposition strategy announced yesterday.

The Coalition says if elected next March it will introduce a $7000 regional relocation grant to encourage individuals and families to move from the big smoke to the bush.

“This initiative will be a great boost to regional communities as it will assist thousands of families to re-locate and enjoy the benefits of living and working in rural and regional NSW,” said Coffs Harbour’s Nationals MP Andrew Fraser.

Mr Fraser also talked up the Coalition’s policy to establish a Restart NSW fund.

“Restart NSW is a capital fund to help build essential infrastructure, including public transport, roads, hospitals and water to support people working in frontline services,” he said.

“The people of NSW have been let down for the past 15 years by successive Labor governments and we need to regain NSW’s reputation as Australia’s number one place to live and do business.

“This initiative has been designed to kick-start investment in crucial road and transport infrastructure.

“The fund will have the specific mandate to grow economic productivity in NSW and the clear goal of lifting NSW economic growth to above the national average.”

Projects to be funded include:

• public transport infrastructure;

• roads infrastructure to address urban congestion, black spots and missing links;

• economic infrastructure to address economic competitiveness, including freight, inter-modal facilities and water;

• hospitals and health infrastructure, and;

• improvements to workplaces for frontline workers, including law and justice officers, teachers and nurses.

“We are one State, one people, and a Liberal and National Coalition Government will ensure that we govern for all residents of NSW, not just those living in major metropolitan cities,” Mr Fraser said.

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