$298 million that could have been better spent

Opposition treasurer Ryan Park and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren at the western end of Broughton Street. Picture: Greg Warren's office
Opposition treasurer Ryan Park and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren at the western end of Broughton Street. Picture: Greg Warren's office

$298 million.

That’s how much money the state government has been spent on consultants in the last five years, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and NSW opposition treasurer Ryan Park have revealed.

The two Labor MPs said the money – $175 million of which was spent on consultants regarding the privatisation of the state’s electricity network – could have been used in Campbelltown on much-needed projects instead.

Mr Warren said the $175 million dollar was particularly hard to swallow given the rise of power bills.

“Power bills are one of the hottest issues in our community at the moment,” he said.

“Bills were meant to come down, that’s why they sold off the electricity assets.”

Mr Park – who joined Mr Warren in Campbelltown to speak about the issue – was also furious about the figure.

“The Berejiklian Government’s priorities are all wrong,” he said.

“When families are doing it tough they are out there spending up big with top Sydney consultants to sell off our valuable assets.

“Families are already paying the price for privatisation with higher electricity prices but now we know the hidden cost – fat pay packets to the big end of town.”

Mr Warren said a small portion of the money would have made a big difference to every student and teacher and a public school in Campbelltown.

“Our schools in Campbelltown have a $10 million backlog,” Mr Warren said.

“One-seventeenth of that money (spent on electricity consultants) could have fixed every school in Campbelltown.”

Mr Warren said there were other projects including the upgrade of Campbelltown Sports Stadium, the revitalisation of the Campbelltown CBD, a road over the railway line connecting Badgally Road Broughton Street, and extra commuter parking, that could have used the money.