Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr has handed down a delayed 2020-21 budget.
So how did Canberrans fare? Here are the winners and losers in this budget.
- There has been $300 million promised for initiatives aimed at tackling climate change. This includes $150 million towards interest-free loans for households to spend on rooftop solar panels and $100 million for big battery storage.
- The region is set to be boosted with a $27.4 million spend on education infrastructure. This includes money for new high schools in Taylor and Kenny.
- The government has guaranteed $240 million in funding for the project over the next four years.
- Unlike previous territory budgets, the 2020-21 budget did not outline increases to rates, instead these were announced last June. Only 60,000 households received a rates increase this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- With a lower than expected deficit and a vaccine rollout on the way, the budget shows the city has weathered the pandemic remarkably well.
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- $10 million will be spent on high resolution cameras to detect drivers using mobile phones.
- The government did not announce funding for any additional community or public housing in the budget.
- Although business owners have received an extension to payroll tax exemptions and waivers, no new funding has been announced. It comes as the JobKeeper wage subsidy is set to stop next month.
- The $20m "Home of Football" in Throsby will be delayed until 2023. It was supposed to be built by the second half of 2021.
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