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Local pollie’s thoughts on new premier

LOCAL politicians of all persuasions have come out to voice their opinions of the state’s

new Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.

The MP for Penrith and Minister for Sport, WestConnex and western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, has thrown his support behind his new captain.

“Gladys Berejiklian will be an outstanding Premier,” Mr Ayres said.

“I can think of no person in modern NSW history that has more runs on the board going into the job,” he said.

Mr Ayres vouched for the new Premier’s commitment to the Nepean saying she “has always been committed to Penrith for as long as I can remember.”

He credits Ms Berejiklian for the boosts in infrastructure around Penrith, including the record spending and future upgrades of Nepean Hospital.

“Her leadership in the transport and treasury portfolios has already seen a number of wins for our community.

“They include additional funds to our local schools, planned upgrades to Northern and Mulgoa Roads, the largest ever investment in Nepean Hospital and massive upgrade to Penrith Station and its car parks,” Mr Ayres said.

On the other side of the pendulum, Labor MP for Londonderry, Prue Car has called on the new Premier to prioritise the western Sydney region above all.

“NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian must ensure that Western Sydney is at the front and centre of the NSW government,” Ms Car said.

“For too long western Sydney had been treated with disrespect and now, the new Premier has an opportunity to make the people of Western Sydney a priority for the NSW government,” she said.

Ms Car also said she was disappointed that as Treasurer, Ms Berejiklian “failed to allocate money for Jordan Springs Primary School” an issue which Ms Car has been lobbying for since her election.

In a statement Ms Car laid down an urgent list of demands and called on the Premier to bring more school funding to western Sydney.

The MP for Londonderry wants to see affordable housing across western Sydney and above all allocated funds for the construction of Jordan Springs Primary School.

She is also calling on the Premier to stop TAFE cuts.

They say elections are won and lost in western Sydney and with at least two more years until the next state election it will be interesting to see how Premier Berejiklian works with the people of western Sydney.

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