If NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian follows through on plans to boost construction investment, the benefits may spill into Queensland.
It seems there’s never a dull moment in politics.
The shock resignation of former NSW Premier Mike Baird has shaken state affairs and opened the door for Gladys Berejiklian, the freshly appointed Premier, who plans to “go hard” on infrastructure.
Ms Berejiklian is wasting no time as the 45th leader of NSW, having outlined top priorities in her first press conference, which include:
– Local infrastructure
– Housing affordability
– The creation of more jobs
This is welcome news for the NSW economy, which appears to have slumped recently. The state has experienced a lacklustre performance on the jobs front – with the addition of no more than 1100 jobs over the year.
But perhaps the tide is turning, with a new leader behind the reigns. Premier Berejiklian has given builders, engineers, planners and other workers plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of the NSW commercial construction industry.
She already has a strong track record, when it comes to creating projects in the property and infrastructure sector – having invested heavily in public transport during her time as Transport Minister.
Premier Berejiklian said her big plans for construction projects stretch beyond the obvious and will include upgrades to hospitals, local roads, school halls and sporting facilities.
“The community wants to see action on the ground so not only will I maintain the current pace, but I will go harder…
“I think we are smashing it as a government in terms of economic performance and infrastructure spend, but not everybody feels part of that success story,” Ms Berejiklian said.
As the state capital, Sydney has enjoyed the bulk of funds and resources that are pumped into construction projects. But it looks as though other regions in NSW could benefit from a boost in investment, as Premier Berejiklian flags plans to invest more widely across the state.
“No matter where you live in this state, you will share in the massive success that we have demonstrated…
“I have every intention of continuing to do what we do well, in a way where everybody feels that they are part of the success story in NSW.”
If Premier Berejiklian keeps her promise to boost spending in building and infrastructure across NSW, there’s a chance that renewed activity in the Northern Rivers area will create benefits that spill over the border into Queensland.
Here’s hoping! Watch this space to find out about any developments.