Northern NSW gets budget boost

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Northern NSW will receive a boost in the NSW Budget with extra funding being delivered across the region to improve hospitals and schools, as well as the continuation of the upgrade to the Pacific Highway and $20 million to begin planning for the Coffs Harbour Bypass.

Key highlights from the 2018-19 Budget include:

Ongoing works on the new Ballina High School, with upgrades at Kingscliff High School and Kingscliff Public School, Murwillumbah High School Upgrade and Murwillumbah East Public School, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School and the Armidale Secondary College, a new school for approximately 1,500 students;

  • $1.2 billion for the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina (State and Federally funded);
  • $124 million in 2018-19 of a $185 million project to deliver an additional 440 beds at the existing Mid North Coast Correctional Centre at Kempsey;
  • $62 million to continue construction of the additional bridge over the Clarence River at Grafton;
  • $50.9 million to continue the $582.1 million construction of a hospital at Tweed;
  • Continuing works at Lismore Hospital Redevelopment with $45.9 million allocated in 2018-19;
  • Expansion of the Inverell Hospital redevelopment with $21.0 million allocated in 2018-19 and a revised total project of $60 million;
  • $20 million to progress the Pacific Highway Bypass of Coffs Harbour (fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments);
  • Expansion of the Coffs Harbour Hospital redevelopment with $15.5 million allocated in 2018-19 and a revised total project of $194 million;
  • Expansion of works at Grafton Ambulatory Care Centre by $10.5 million with $16.8 million allocated in 2018-19;
  • $7.7 million over four years for the Tweed Hinterlands Walk, Byron to Border Ranges;
  • $7.5 million for the Macleay Coast, Trial Bay precinct upgrade;
  • $5 million for the $11.5 million Port Macquarie Hospital Car Park;
  • $5 million in 2018-19 to expand a community-based alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre in Coffs Harbour;
  • $1.8 million from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to go towards the Astronomy Science Centre, Planetarium and Cafe in Tamworth;
  • $1.7 million from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund for the Stuarts Point Foreshore Revitalisation project;
  • Funding for the Kingscliff Campus Connected Health Hub and the Coffs Harbour Education Campus as well as funding for TAFE Connected Learning Centres at Murwillumbah and Yamba, and;
  • Funding as part of the Rural Health Infrastructure Program to upgrade health facilities at Tenterfield.

Quotes attributable to Member for Lismore Thomas George: “This budget continues to deliver for our local community – with more work happening at Lismore Hospital this means world class healthcare for our families”

Quotes attributable to Member for Tweed Geoff Provest: “With $50.9 million going into the Tweed Hospital, this will deliver better healthcare for everyone in my community. Alongside the hard work done to improve the environmental protections in Tweed, this budget delivers again for the Tweed region”.

Quotes attributable to Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams: “Action on the Port Macquarie Hospital Car Park will mean life is easier for everyone in Port Macquarie when accessing the healthcare they need. This is another example of the Berejiklian/Barilaro Government delivering for our local community”.

Quotes attributable to Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead: “With more money flowing to Manning Base Hospital, the Berejilkian/Barilaro Government is delivering for our community with more investment in health, roads and education.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson: “The NSW Liberals and Nationals continue to deliver strong outcomes for our regions, with more money going towards the projects that the Tamworth electorate needs. Only this government will give Regional NSW the fair share that it deserves.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey: “This budget continues to deliver for the people of Oxley, with more money going to Macksville Hospital, an upgrade of the South West Rocks Police Station and construction of the Wauchope Ambulance Station”.

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