Funding for roads and community groups as well as tax cuts are the main things to come out of this year's Federal Budget for Hume residents.
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor highlighted the main benefits.
"There are the overall measures - the tax cuts - in which 70,000 taxpayers in Hume will benefit from the financial relief before June 30, with almost 30,000 receiving the full tax offset of $1080," Mr Taylor said.
He said about 17,000 small businesses and farmers in Hume would also receive the benefit of the instant asset write-off, increased to $30,000 for businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million.
"This allows small businesses to immediately write off equipment, up to the value of $30,000. It means if a deli buys a fridge or a café buys a piece of equipment, or a farmer buys some fencing gear, they can write it off straight away and this boosts the economy and it boosts their business," he said.
In relation to road funding, almost $7 million has been allocated to Hume under the Roads to Recovery Program.
Goulburn Mulwaree received an extra $1,074,884 and Upper Lachlan Shire will receive an extra $1,203,048 for roads in the Budget.
Mr Taylor said the condition of local roads was the number one issue raised with him across the electorate.
“This new Roads to Recovery funding for local councils is recognition of the need for further funding to improve road safety and efficiency,” Mr Taylor said.
"I also welcome the funding boost to the Road Black Spot Program ($550 million Australia-wide) and I encourage motorists to nominate spots across Hume. It’s a direct way residents can alert local councils to high-risk areas.”
There is further money in the Budget ($275 million) for replenishment programs such as the Bridges Renewal Program, which is supporting the construction of the new Lansdowne Bridge.
There were 11 successful Hume applicants under the Coalition’s Stronger Communities Round 4 program. These included:
- The Goulburn Show Society - $4525 for power installation at cattle pavilion
- The Goulburn Triathlon Club - $4136 for a scoreboard and timing system upgrade.
This program received a further $22.56 million for round 5 (2019/20).
“This is an outstanding program delivering worthy local projects right across the electorate,” Mr Taylor said.
"There is a real focus on the local community groups that rely on volunteers giving an enormous and we can give them some support.
"There is also a new program called the Practical Environment Restoration Fund ($100 million) that is for small local projects dealing with weed problems or cleaning up waterways. It is to help local environment groups and Landcare groups to fund their projects."
Mr Taylor said Hume had done well out of the Budget for infrastructure funding, but when asked about Goulburn Mulwaree Council missing out on a $10 million federal grant for the upgrade of the Goulburn Aquatic Centre under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), he said "they could always apply again in the next round."
"The reality is that we did really well out of that round with a significant funding injection to Wombeyan Caves Road," he said.
"We have another round of the BBRF announced as part of the budget with $200 million on offer. We have been very successful with this fund before with the Performing Arts Centre and the upgrade of the Waste Water Treatment Plant - so we will apply again under that next round for whatever projects the local councils want to pursue.
"That is an issue for the council, but I will work with them."
The council received $10 million from the state government just prior to the NSW election for this $49 million project.
The council's Corporate and Community Services director Brendan Hollands told the Goulburn Post the council would borrow $8.9 million in 2019/20 for stage one of the pool upgrade, sourcing a low-interest state government treasury loan.
He said they had enough in the council budget to complete stage one.
In summary, Mr Taylor said these funding programs were examples of the dividends of a strong economy being re-invested into regional Australia.
- A response from Labor candidate for Hume Aoife Champion and Independent Huw Kingston will also be published.