Budget invests in Western NSW

20 June 2017

Residents and businesses in Western NSW will benefit from the NSW Government’s continued investment in major and local infrastructure, sharing the benefits of the State’s strong 2017-18 Budget position and continued economic strength.

Key highlights from the 2017-18 Budget include:

  • $9.5 million to complete construction of the $40 million realignment of the Mitchell Highway at Guanna Hill
  • $7 million towards a new Cobb Highway bridge over the Murray River between Echuca and Moama (NSW contribution)
  • $25 million to advance planning and industry engagement for the new regional XPT fleet to improve NSW TrainLink Regional train services
  • Bathurst Correctional Centre Modular expansion – $59.8 million in 2017-18 of a $110.7 million project to deliver an additional 250 beds at the existing Bathurst Correctional Centre
  • Macquarie Rapid Build Prison (at Wellington) – $25.1 million in 2017-18 of a $188.1 million project to deliver an additional 400 beds at the existing Wellington Correctional Centre site
  • $8 million in 2017-18 for the Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment to provide enhanced emergency, acute and ambulatory care services to patients in a modern, integrated facility, which will replace the existing ageing infrastructure at an estimated total cost of $70 million
  • $37.8 million in 2017-18 to continue the third and fourth stages of the redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital at an estimated total cost of $150 million
  • $29.5 million in 2017-18 to continue the Armidale Hospital Redevelopment at an estimated total cost of $60 million
  • $9.6 million in 2017-18 to continue the reconfiguration of the Broken Hill Hospital and Dental Facility at an estimated total cost of $30 million
  • $2.8 million in 2017-18 to continue the Lightning Ridge HealthOne at an estimated total cost of $4.9 million
  • $655,000 in 2017-18 for Business Connect services in the Central West (Barwon-Orana, Bathurst, Dubbo & Orange)
  • $24.5 million over two years for the Nimmie-Caira land and water project
  • Nyngan/Cobar water security: New water storages, part of the Nyngan Cobar Water Supply Scheme, which will assist the water security of the two towns and nearby mines.

Quotes attributable to Member for Dubbo Troy Grant: “This Budget continues to deliver the third and fourth stages of the redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital, as well as funding for the Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment, so our local community has access to world class healthcare facilities. I’m also pleased to announce two new Service NSW Centres in both Wellington and Forbes.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bathurst Paul Toole: “This is a Government that invests in our regions. As a part of this Budget I’m thrilled to see a commitment of $10m towards the Bathurst VeloCity Park Precinct, a real game changer for our local community.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries: “I am proud that this budget has secured the $500m flagship Murray River to Broken Hill pipeline project. We are also making it easier for communities to interact with the Government by delivering Service NSW Centres in Nyngan, Walgett and Lighting Ridge.”

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