State government debt spoiling new infrastructure opportunities

DUBBO residents are lucky there is hardly any traffic in the city.

The gridlocks, traffic-jams and bottlenecks experienced in capital cities are nowhere to be seen here.

Those who live in highly congested areas call for a freeway, an underpass or anything which saves time.

However, as the State Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, said in today's front page story there is "no magic money tree".

"There are significant issues with government debt, credit rating and the lack of revenue opportunities, not just in NSW but all over the world," he said.

Chairman of Infrastructure NSW and former state Premier Nick Greiner visited the city last Friday night and challenged residents to think outside the square to fund infrastructure in the state.

"The message is loud and clear: Governments don't have the money to spend on large infrastructure projects," Mr Greiner said.

Mr Greiner said due to a lack of infrastructure investment over the years the state government was playing a game of catch up.

"What we're doing now is not working," he said.

The modern lifestyle with technology meant residents expected freeways and high speed trains to connect cities.

This was not possible if governments did not reduce consumption and live within their means to fund necessary infrastructure, he said.

Dubbo councillor John Walkom said the leading infrastructure expert praised the city for its "high quality" of infrastructure.

"It's hard to find a regional city with a population of 40,000 and have the excellent quality of our infrastructure," Cr Walkom said.


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