Coalition delivering for regions: Maguire

Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire has hit back at NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley’s claims last week that the Liberals were neglecting NSW.

Mr Maguire said Luke Foley was working with out-dated information.

“He’s the last one to talk,” Mr Maguire said.

“We’ve invested more money into regional NSW than the Labor party did in their 16 long years.

“He’s referring to old reports. When I heard that I thought, mate, you haven’t been reading the latest. And let’s face it, he’s not in government, he doesn’t get access to the latest information on delivery.

“I can tell you now, we’ve delivered every single thing that we’ve promised the Wagga Wagga electorate.”

According to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the party’s achievements in regional NSW include the delivery of the new Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, $11.5 billion committed to the Rebuilding NSW program including Fixing Country Roads, the $55 million Kapooka Bridge project south of Wagga, upgrades to the Snowy Mountains Highway, and the appointment of Former Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie to NSW Government’s first Regional Infrastructure Coordinator.

Last week Mr Foley promised that if Labor is elected in 2019 then the money from the Snowy Hydro sale to the Federal government would entirely be spent in regional NSW.

“The Liberals and Nationals who’ve been in Government in NSW for six years have disgracefully neglected people in the regions. They’ve become the forgotten people. We’ll reverse that situation,” he said.

“That means building hospitals, schools and repairing roads in the regions – and supplying the services that this Government provides for Sydney, but not outside the metropolitan area.”

However, Mr Maguire has said that accusation is unfounded.

“He’s very, very wrong,” Mr Maguire said.