BY the time the next state budget is handed down, Lincoln Mudd reckons he may have bought a family home for the first time.
Mr Mudd said he and partner Leisa had received a leg up from yesterday’s budget announcement about an increased first home owner grant and more stamp duty concessions, potentially putting thousands in their hands to buy a new place to live.
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They had been considering buying in the next year, Mr Mudd said, but changes to first home grants had brought it closer.
‘‘It puts you ahead about 12 months,’’ Mr Mudd said.
Mr Mudd said he would look to buy in the Aberglasslyn area, taking full advantage of incentives for developing new dwellings.
But stoking greenfield areas in western Maitland would also exacerbate traffic problems, Mr Mudd said.
Those challenges should be central to how money dedicated to the New England Highway was spent, he said.
Mr Mudd said he was also grateful for the money towards upgrading roads through Cessnock’s wine country where his partner worked.
‘‘It’s a multimillion-dollar industry and it [the vineyards area] has the worst roads in the Hunter,’’ he said.