What the NSW Budget means for our region
HEALTH, roads and tourism were the big winners in the State Budget on Tuesday, with all three electorates on the Northern Rivers region tipped to benefit.
Retiring MP Don Page's electorate of Ballina will share in more than $427 million for road projects including the Pacific Hwy upgrades between Woolgoolga and Ewingsdale and resurfacing the highway at Pimlico and Wardell.
"The projects, which include a new 50-bed central hospital at Ewingsdale near Byron Bay, $205 million for the completion of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade of the Pacific Hwy and $110 million for a Regional Tourism Fund in NSW which could fund a rail trail on the Casino to Murwillumbah corridor, will benefit the entire region," Mr Page said.
Almost $27 million has been allocated for works at Lismore Base Hospital, allowing for a new carpark and its stage 3a redevelopment.
"The Lismore electorate will benefit from this important infrastructure and community funding which will assist our area," Member for Lismore Thomas George said.
"A great community win is the $2.2 million funding that has been delivered to commence by the end of this year the construction of the Lismore Hospital carpark."
After 16 years of debate, the prayers of many Clarence Valley residents were answered with $185 million allocated to replace the Grafton Bridge.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the funding delivered on his highest priority for people of the valley.
"It is the single biggest infrastructure spend that Grafton has ever seen," he said. "This will drive investment into Grafton, create jobs and bring prosperity to the region."
NSW opposition leader John Robertson described the Budget as "the Nationals delivering crumbs to the North Coast".
"You scratch this Budget and you find very little below the surface," he said.
$24.7 million towards stage 3a Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment
$5 million to repaint the bridge on the Bruxner Highway over the Wilsons River
$2.75 million for natural disaster restoration works on Coopers Creek Rd
$2.2 million to construct a new carpark at Lismore Base Hospital
$2 million for continued planning on a replacement bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam
$220 million for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade
$205 million to complete Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Hwy upgrade
$110 million for a regional tourism fund for projects like the Casino to Murwillumbah rail trail
$2.7 million for pavement rebuilding on the Pacific Hwy at Pimlico and north of Wardell
$1.5 million toward planning for a new 50- bed hospital at Ewingsdale
$220 million for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Hwy upgrade
$185 million to replace Grafton bridge
$4 million to continue planning for replacement of Sportsman's Creek Bridge at Lawrence
$3.1 million on the relocation of the rental bond branch to Grafton from July 2014
$3 million towards Yamba sewerage upgrade