I have been dredging my way through the NSW budget papers trying to make an assessment of the likely impact on New England. Those who are interested can find the budget papers link here.
It's remarkably difficult to do, in part because New England doesn't exist in a formal sense so data isn't organised in that way, in part because so much depends upon the detail of individual agency plans. The one thing that we can be reasonably certain of is that the great majority of the extra billion in mining royalties will come from New England and especially the Hunter.
While digging around, I found that the new Government has released its own state plan to replace the previous Labor Government plan.
I will try to do at least some form of rough assessment of both from a New England perspective over the next day or so. As I have argued before, unless we have some idea of just what is being done to us compared to New England's needs then a sensible response is extremely difficult.
For those who are interested, my posts on the previous Government's plan were:
- 14 November 2006, NSW Ten Year Plan - New England's needs
- 16 November 2006, Does the NSW Ten Year Plan meet New England's needs?
- 18 November 2006, NSW Ten Year Plan and New England - Conclusions
- 19 November 2006, NSW Ten Year Plan - praiseworthy but flawed