Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan said the 2018-19 Federal Budget announced this week is delivering great results for Stirling residents.
“We are delivering tax relief of $530 per year for 66,000 low and middle income earners in Stirling to reduce cost pressure on household budgets,” Mr Keenan said.
“We are investing in congestion busting infrastructure with the extension of Stephenson Ave and widening of the Mitchell Freeway from Cedric Street to Vincent Street.
“We are supporting 17,645 local small businesses in Stirling with tax relief and an extension of the instant asset write off which supported thousands of local businesses last year.
“We are supporting community groups and sporting clubs with funding opportunities that will benefit local projects.
“Under the Government’s economic plan jobs are being created, investment is rising and the budget is strengthening. This means that we can continue to guarantee the essential services Australians rely on, whilst also responsibly returning the budget to balance.”
Highlights for Stirling residents include:
Support for older Australians:
- $1.6 billion will be provided to support residents who wish to stay at home longer by increasing the number of home care places by 14,000 over 4 years.
- $83 million for increased mental health services in residential aged care facilities to combat loneliness and social isolation.
- $22.9 million for targeted sport programs to keep older residents active and healthy.
Support for schools:
- Extending the National Schools Chaplaincy Program on a permanent basis, with a special anti-bullying focus.
- Extending the Local Sporting Schools Program.
- Continuing to deliver our fairer funding model for schools with an additional $290 million for Stirling schools by 2027.
- New Childcare Package coming into effect on July 2 that will deliver more support for 4,226 Stirling families.
Support for employment:
- Growing the number of apprenticeships available with $1.5 billion for the Skilling Australians Fund over the next four years.
- $19.3 million for a Skills and Training Incentive that will help mature age Australians enhance their skills and explore new career opportunities.
- $89 million over four years for the Transition to Work Program that will support youth aged 15-21 by delivering 40,000 more places in the program.
Support for community organisations:
- $22.5 million to extend the Stronger Communities Programme providing grants to community organisations for local projects.
- $29.7 million for grants to upgrade local sporting infrastructure.
- $5 million for a Fostering Integration grants program to support newly arrived migrants adapt to Australia’s social and civic life.
- An extra $1.4 billion for listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme including medicines to treat spinal muscular atrophy, breast cancer, refractory multiple myeloma, and relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
- $125 million for Lifeline Australia over 10 years.
Keeping our community safe:
- $294 million to toughen security at airports.
- $30 million for the Safer Communities Fund providing grants for local security infrastructure including CCTV, lighting, and bollards.
“The Turnbull Government is sticking to its plan to build a stronger economy and create more jobs,” Mr Keenan said.
For further information please visit www.budget.gov.au