State leaders meet and greet

The state premier and and treasurer headed west last Tuesday.

A few hours before Premier Mike Baird went to Blacktown to discuss youth unemployment at Marist Youth, treasurer Andrew Constance spent the morning selling the budget to shoppers and shop keepers at Centro Seven Hills.

Mr Constance said voters have welcomed the state budget’s strong focus on infrastructure., health investment and pensioner concessions.

‘‘People living Seven Hills and Blacktown spend 185 hours a year stuck in traffic congestion,’’ he told the Sun.

‘‘I’ve received no negative feedback about the budget. It’s all been very positive as people understand we’re getting the state’s finances in order and living within our means. I’m trying to ensure we’re well placed to assist the community moving forward.’’

The state government aren’t the only ones reigning in costs.

‘‘It’s been a tough year because customers are spending less,’’ Hills Fruit World co-owner George Haifa told the treasurer.

‘‘They’re more likely to buy a bag of potatoes rather than mix it up with other vegetables.’’

The visit was a chance to introduce Liberal candidate for Seven Hills Mark Taylor to voters.

He and Labor candidate, Blacktown Councillor Sunsai Benjamin will battle to replace retiring MP Nathan Rees.

‘‘Mark has been working around the clock and will make an enormous contribution to represent Seven Hills if he’s elected,’’ Mr Constance said.

Other concerns raised with the pair include transport, housing growth and disability services.

‘‘I’m glad you’re treasurer as you did a great job as disability minister,’’ resident Rodney Rammers said.

‘‘I wish there were more people in the Labor party like you. But I will need his (Mr Taylor’s) help getting through the government red tape. I need to know he’s willing to help me.’’

But some shoppers weren’t so welcoming, as they reminded the pair about federal candidate Jaymes Diaz at last year’s election.


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