Authorised by Chris StoneLiberal Party of Australia, NSW DivisionLevel 2, 131 Macquarie StreetSydney NSW 2000Phone: (02) 8356 0300
To build a stronger future for the Central Coast, our Plan will deliver a strong and growing economy.
The Coalition will create 1.3 million more jobs across Australia over the next five years. Our Plan for the Central Coast is a key part of this national effort.
The Central Coast has one of the most enviable lifestyles in the country and is an increasingly important region for the NSW economy. It is a hub for small businesses and is at the heart of the state’s fastest growing population corridor.
That is why our plan is focused on building better local roads and faster rail services to and from Sydney, helping more residents into home ownership, providing tax and cost-of-living relief and developing a world-class multi-campus university precinct in Gosford.
A strong economy enables us to continue making record investments in the Central Coast’s health and essential services, including mental health services, the Health on the Streets program and investments to clean up and protect local beaches and waterways.
This plan builds on our strong record for the region. Our economic plan helped the Central Coast overcome the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression, with unemployment in NSW falling to around its lowest levels in nearly 50 years at 3.9 per cent.
We’ve delivered lower taxes to around 32,000 Central Coast small businesses and 132,000 individuals, invested in major infrastructure projects such as NorthConnex, upgrades to the M1 Motorway and improvements to local roads, invested in the Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute and delivered continuous mobile coverage and free Wi-Fi on the rail line between Wyong and Hornsby. Average electricity prices for households have also fallen by around 10-per-cent under the Morrison Government. But there is much more to be done.
A re-elected Coalition will continue to build a stronger Central Coast economy by:
A strong economy will allow us to continue guaranteeing essential services:
A strong economy will also enable us to invest to keep the Central Coast safe:
In stark contrast, Labor has no economic plan for the Central Coast.
Over the last 30 years, Labor governments have, on average, delivered higher unemployment, higher interest rates and higher electricity prices. This would be devastating for the Central Coast.
Labor can’t say how they’ll pay for their promises and they can’t manage money. That means higher deficits and higher taxes.
Labor leader Albanese has argued for higher taxes on retirees, housing, families and inheritances. He was also a strong supporter of the carbon tax.
Labor’s economic and budget mismanagement also means the essential services the Central Coast relies on, such as health, education and road and rail infrastructure, would be put at risk.
The Morrison Government is investing further in the Central Coast’s road infrastructure pipeline to create jobs, drive economic growth and keep commuters and freight safe and moving.
Our additional investments build on our strong record since 2013, including major projects like NorthConnex, upgrades to the M1 Motorway and investments to fix local roads like Oceano Street in Copacabana and Lushington Street in East Gosford.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue record investments in the Central Coast’s road infrastructure pipeline, with a further $427 million for projects that will bust congestion and create local jobs, including:
The Morrison Government’s National Faster Rail Plan will achieve faster, more reliable journey times between major cities and key regional centres. This includes the rail corridor between Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney.
Newcastle to Sydney is the busiest regional passenger rail corridor in Australia.
Our faster rail project for the Central Coast is a real project with real funding that will improve life for local commuters.
By contrast, Labor has promised $500 million to start “planning” a high speed rail project which on any credible estimate is expected to cost $200-$300 billion. They will never deliver it.
A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $1 billion in the Sydney to Newcastle (Tuggerah to Wyong) faster rail upgrade. The project will double capacity on the existing 10-km rail alignment, including new dual track bridges over the Wyong River and upgrades to stations at Wyong and Tuggerah, providing faster, more frequent and more reliable services and supporting more than 4,000 jobs.
Our Government has been investing record funding in health and medical research to ensure Australia continues to be a global medical industry leader, to support a stronger economy through the creation of new jobs and to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
The Coalition has supported the development of the Central Coast Clinical School and Research Institute, investing $45 million for world-class research into integrated care and population health and to train new doctors and nurses.
We are also backing the establishment of a world-class multi-campus university precinct in Gosford in collaboration with the NSW Government and the University of Newcastle. The stage one investment will support health and medical students, researchers and visiting experts as part of a larger multi-campus university project.
These projects will increase educational opportunities in the region, create centres of excellence in integrated health care research and education, build new ideas and create new jobs on the Coast.
A re-elected Coalition Government will back Central Coast local communities by delivering on our commitment of $18 million towards the development of a world-class multi-campus university precinct in Gosford which will be a centre of excellence in health, medical innovation and education.
The pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and extreme weather events are putting upward pressure on the cost of goods in Australia. This is having a direct impact on family budgets.
The Morrison Government is committed to additional tax and cost-of-living relief that will help Central Coast families and retirees pay their bills, buy their groceries and fill up their car.
These measures build on our substantial cost-of-living action to date, including tax cuts benefiting around 132,000 workers on the Central Coast and child care reforms that have reduced average hourly out-of-pocket costs in NSW by 14 per cent since 2018.
A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver lower taxes and cost-of-living relief for Central Coast families and retirees through:
The Morrison Government is supporting more Central Coast residents to buy their own home sooner by more than doubling the size of our successful Home Guarantee Scheme.
The Home Guarantee Scheme ensures part of an eligible buyer's home loan is guaranteed by the Government, enabling Australians to buy a home sooner with a smaller deposit and without needing to pay lenders mortgage insurance.
In NSW, more than 12,000 homes have already been bought under the scheme, and around 26,000 applications have been made for our HomeBuilder grants to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing one. Our plan to expand the Home Guarantee Scheme will support even more people on the Central Coast aspiring to own their own home.
A re-elected Coalition Government will support more people on the Central Coast into home ownership by expanding the Home Guarantee Scheme to 50,000 places each year and increasing the property price caps under the scheme to provide more options when buying a home. From 1 July 2022, we will increase the cap for properties to $900,000 on the Central Coast. The expanded scheme includes:
The Coalition will grow small businesses and create more jobs on the Central Coast by keeping taxes at record lows, providing incentives for investment in skills and digital, slashing red tape, supporting them to export and saving them money through energy efficiency.
Around 32,000 Central Coast small businesses are already benefiting from our existing tax relief measures. These include around 11,500 small companies that have received a permanent reduction in the company tax rate, from 30 per cent in 2013-14 under Labor to 25-per cent from 2021-22 under the Morrison Government.
Our record also includes providing an economic lifeline for small businesses during the pandemic through JobKeeper and cash-flow boosts, simplifying Business Activity Statements, implementing Single Touch Payroll, providing wage subsidies for apprenticeships and holding big business to account for improving payment times to small business.
A re-elected Coalition Government will make it easier to start and grow a small business on the Central Coast, as part of our plan to help create 400,000 new small and family businesses across the country over the next five years. This includes:
Our Modern Manufacturing Strategy is a key part of the Coalition’s plan for a strong economy and stronger future for the Central Coast.
Creating sovereign manufacturing capability and securing our supply chains will not only strengthen the Central Coast’s economy and create more jobs, but boost national resilience to global supply chain disruptions and security threats.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to back the Central Coast’s manufacturing industries:
The Coalition believes all Australians deserve access to fast and reliable telecommunications, regardless of where they live.
The COVID-19 pandemic, a growing digital economy and natural disasters have underscored the importance of high-quality telecommunications services across Australia.
The Coalition has a strong record of prioritising connectivity on the Central Coast, having delivered continuous mobile coverage and free Wi-Fi at 19 train stations between Wyong and Hornsby and funded an additional nine mobile base stations through the Mobile Black Spot program. The last Labor government did not deliver a single tower on the Central Coast.
A re-elected Coalition Government will:
The Coalition is investing in a world-class health system that is improving access to affordable, quality health care on the Central Coast.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue record investment in the Central Coast’s health and aged care services, including:
With unemployment at record lows, we have an historic opportunity to get even more people off welfare and into work, and to deliver businesses the strong pipeline of skilled workers they need to grow the economy and create an even stronger future.
That is why the Morrison Government is investing even more to equip the workforce of the Central Coast with the skills and training they need, from young people entering the workforce to mid-career workers seeking out new opportunities. We are also investing record funding in NSW schools and improving school standards and teacher quality.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to back Central Coast workers to get the skills they need by:
Our important changes to Paid Parental Leave will provide Central Coast working families with choice and flexibility to manage work and care.
Since the Paid Parental Leave scheme was introduced, more than 1.7 million Australianshave received Parental Leave Pay. Another 750,000 have received Dad and Partner Pay.
Our changes give eligible families full control over how they choose to use up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave. We’re empowering them to make decisions that work for their circumstances.
We are also introducing a household income eligibility test ($350,000), in addition to the existing primary carer income test ($151,350), to ensure more families are eligible for paid parental leave. This will particularly support women who are the primary earner and do not currently have access to employer funded parental leave.
A re-elected Coalition Government will roll out Enhanced Paid Parental Leave, providing up to 20 weeks of fully flexible leave able to be shared between eligible working parents as they choose. This includes:
Our Government has a strong record of backing the priorities, ambitions and plans of local communities. We firmly believe that our local communities – and not Canberra bureaucrats – know what’s best for the Central Coast.
We are committed to partnering with local communities to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment on the Central Coast. We have ensured the offshore PEP-11 project does not proceed on our watch.
A re-elected Coalition Government will back Central Coast local communities by:
In this time of global uncertainty, keeping Australians safe is the highest priority of the Coalition Government.
We’re making record investments in defence, law enforcement agencies and the strengthening of our borders. We’re also helping to reduce local crime, domestic violence and online abuse.
Central Coast residents can trust the Coalition Government’s strong record on security. Labor’s record is cuts to Defence spending and cuts to our law enforcement agencies.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to keep the Central Coast safe by:
Since the 2019 election, the Coalition has been delivering on its commitments to secure a better future for the Central Coast.
With our strong economic management, we are building the stronger economy that guarantees essential services and keeps the Central Coast safe. Compared to 2019, the Central Coast has a stronger economy, better roads and community infrastructure, lower taxes, more funding for hospitals and schools, and cheaper medicines.
There is a clear choice at this election.
A choice between the Coalition Government that is delivering a strong economy for the Central Coast and a Labor Party that would weaken it.
A choice between responsible financial management that has delivered the biggest Budget turnaround in 70 years, and a Labor Party that can’t manage money.
A choice between an economic plan that will deliver lower taxes for Central Coast workers and businesses and lower unemployment, and Labor’s track record of higher unemployment, higher interest rates and higher taxes.
A choice between investing in Australia’s national security, defence and strong borders, and a Labor Party that cut Defence spending by $18 billion when last in power and would weaken Australia’s borders.
Labor has no economic plan for the Central Coast, or the rest of the country.
Labor leader Albanese has never held a financial portfolio, he’s never held a national security portfolio and he’s never delivered a budget.
Albanese would be too weak to stand up to the Greens and the unions. Labor’s team of union officials and political operatives just doesn’t get the economy.
Labor has a history of higher electricity prices.
Our energy plan has reduced household electricity prices by 10 per cent under the Morrison Government. Energy prices doubled when Labor was last in government.
Labor can’t resist higher taxes and the Central Coast will pay.
In uncertain times, the Central Coast can’t risk Labor.
NSW unemployment rate
3.9 per cent (Mar-22)
5.7 per cent (Sep-13)
NSW female participation rate
61.0 per cent (Mar-22)
57.1 per cent (Sept-13)
$1 billion for the Newcastle-Sydney (Tuggerah-Wyong) faster rail project - a real project with real funding that will happen
$500m to begin planning a high speed rail project expected to cost $200-300 billion and that won’t be delivered
23.9 per cent of GDP
Small business tax rate
25 per cent (2021-22)
30 per cent (2013-14)
Income tax on $90,000 income
Household prices down 10 per cent under the Morrison Government
Prices doubled when last in power
Central Coast hospitals funding
$274.8 million (2021-22)
$135.6 million (2012-13)
Central Coast Medicare bulk billing rates
88 per cent
83 per cent
NSW schools funding
$7.7 billion (2022)
$4.1 billion (2013)
Mobile blackspots (towers delivered)
Delivered continuous mobile coverage and free Wi-Fi at 19 train stations from Wyong to Hornsby and a further 8 mobile towers built on the Central Coast
0 across Australia
Cancelled or refused over 10,000 visas, including around 2,700 in NSW
Cancelled or refused just 1,128 visas.
Voted against laws which would make it easier to deport criminals.
The Coalition’s Plan for the Central Coast includes funding for previously announced election commitments.
Funding for all other policies in the Coalition’s Plan for the Central Coast is already provided for within budget estimates.
Authorised by Chris StoneLiberal Party of Australia, NSW DivisionLevel 2, 131 Macquarie StreetSydney NSW 2000Phone: (02) 8356 0300
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