New stimulus package to help hard-hit western Sydney residents

Emily CosenzaNCA NewsWire
Newly appointed NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has announced an economic stimusus package to help western Sydney residents. NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper
Camera IconNewly appointed NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has announced an economic stimusus package to help western Sydney residents. NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper Credit: News Corp Australia

A new recovery package has been announced to help Sydneysiders out of the economic rut caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The newly appointed NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said the $183 million stimulus package would be a “shot in the arm” for western Sydney residents through the construction of 1400 new social houses.

He said the works would generate 1100 new construction jobs and help “turbocharge” the construction sector that was hit during the state’s lockdown.

A $100 million skills and training package was also announced as well as rental assistance that would be provided to more than 900 people.

“We want to help those most vulnerable and provide rental assistance,” Mr Kean said.

“We want to help them get through this and onto the other side, better than they went into it.’

Mr Kean said the investment would “future proof” the state’s workforce and help them bounce back from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new Treasurer was appointed after his predecessor Dominic Perrottet was promoted to Premier after Gladys Berejiklian resigned from the leadership role after the state’s corruption watchdog said it was investigating her.

The Liberal MP had served as the state minister for energy and environment since April 2019.

Originally published as New stimulus package to help hard-hit western Sydney residents

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