A new analysis of the NSW budget reveals the Government's much-promoted "Affordable Housing Fund" is actually being directed to road projects, including the contentious WestConnex tollway.
The analysis was revealed by peak housing body Shelter NSW. It shows that rather than paying for housing, the $262 million fund will pay for roads, with $140 million for a WestConnex off ramp at Lidcombe.
The Liberal State Government claims that the fund will "accelerate the construction of more than 160,000 homes."
While NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian stressed in her budget speech that housing affordability remains one of the greatest challenges of our time, no genuine commitment was made to investment in affordable housing.
The Greens are calling for the money to be redirected to affordable housing - and continue to call for a halt on construction of the WestConnex tollroad.