NSW – new premier, new infrastructure direction
“Infrastructure projects means local schools and local communities; it’s not just about the mega-projects in Sydney. Infrastructure is about upgrades to hospitals, upgrades to school halls, sporting facilities.”
Gladys Berejiklian, who is set to be voted by the Liberal Party room as the state’s new premier today (Monday), speaking to The Saturday Telegraph, 20 Jan.
I can’t help taking a two way bet on this. On the one hand, it is definitely refreshing to see State Governments move off the mega projects. But as school halls were a focus of the last big infrastructure spend during the economic stimulus (Building the Education Revolution), it is strange that it should still top the list of local infrastructure needs. Has this list been seriously thought through or quickly cobbled together?
Your view – populism or good decision-making?