The Hills remains one of the most sought after places to live and it is important the unique nature of this area is preserved for future generations. Maintaining our quality of life relies on the provision of appropriate services to complement a vibrant, growing community with strong family values.
The NSW Government has handed down another surplus budget, with our state remaining completely debt free and record spending on infrastructure of $93 billion over the next four years. As always, there is more to do but I’m pleased to have been able to deliver a fair share of this funding on behalf of our community.
Locally we are finally realising the much needed infrastructure which is greatly benefiting our area including the opening of the Sydney Metro Northwest, the completion of the Glenhaven/Old Northern Rd upgrade, the next stage of Westconnex with a new tunnel under Parramatta Rd providing an additional motorway to the city and NorthConnex another tunnel under Pennant Hills Rd linking the F3 to the M2.
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Member for Castle Hill
After being re-elected in March 2019 for his third term in the NSW Government, The Hon Ray Williams MP is serving the State of NSW as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Western Sydney.
Ray served as the Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services between January 2017 and March 2019. Both these roles has left a lasting legacy of increased funding to support cultural diversity, targeted youth programs and support for the most vulnerable members of our society.
As the Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray connected with the multicultural communities through 235 individual cultural festivals and implemented initiatives to support greater cohesion on behalf of our diverse communities.
As the Minister for Disability Services, Ray was responsible for finalising the full transition of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which is one of the greatest social reforms seen in a generation. Over 100,000 people with permanent disability in NSW now have an NDIS plan in place and are enjoying greater choices in terms of their supports and an improved quality of life.
Ray was first elected to the NSW Parliament in 2007, following a term as councillor on the Hills Shire Council.
Prior to his appointment as Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services, Ray was Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads and for Western Sydney.
Ray began his career in two metal trade apprenticeships before working in the transport industry for 22 years.
Between 1985 and 2005 Ray held a Racing NSW Thoroughbred Trainers License and successfully operated a small business in the industry.
Ray studied at Curtin University achieving a Graduate Certificate in Development Planning and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Principal areas in Castle Hill include: Annangrove, Beaumont Hills, Box Hill, Castle Hill, Dural, Glenhaven, Kellyville, Kenthurst, Maraylya, Middle Dural, Nelson, Round Corner and Rouse Hill.