Kevin Hogan sings the praises of this year’s budget.
Kevin Hogan sings the praises of this year’s budget. Cathy Adams

Local member: budget outcomes ‘great news’ for Northern Rivers

GREAT news is how local federal member for Page Kevin Hogan saw the outcome of last night’s budget.

He said the federal budget would be a great benefit to the Northern Rivers community, local small businesses, job seekers and families.

“The tax cut for our over 10,000 local small businesses, which already employees tens of thousands of people, will help them grow and create even more jobs,” he said.

“I’m also happy that the government is targeting tax avoidance by multi-national corporations to make sure everyone pays their fair share of tax here in Australia.

“This will raise nearly $4 billion over the next four years.”

Mr Hogan said other local beneficiaries included:

  • Young people through skills training and a voluntary internship while being supported with the Youth Bonus Subsidy.
  • Local roads and ageing wooden bridges will have more money
  • $4.1 billion for schools over the next four years
  • $1.7 billion for dental services
  • The government wants to attract more GPs to the Northern Rivers
  • $298.2 million over the next four years to battle the ICE druge

Other beneficiariers in the wider region include:

  •  Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail has $594 million committed to acquire the land for the rail corridor and to continue pre-construction activities.
  • $560 million per year from 2019–20 to further support the Roads to Recovery Programme, the Bridges Renewal Programme, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, and the Black Spot Programme.
  • $21 million to rollout the new Heath Care Homes model to improve the delivery of coordinated primary health care for patients with chronic and complex conditions.
  • Support for Rural and Remote Registrars will enable general practice registrars training on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Independent Pathway to claim a higher level of Medicare benefits for the services they provide in rural and regional areas whilst training.
  • $73.6 million over four years for the network of 55 Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs), to foster and strengthen local leadership across regional communities.

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