State govt. allocates $2 billion in budget to North Coast
Deputy Premier and Minister for the North Coast Andrew Stoner has this afternoon confirmed the regional allocations.
"This includes a substantial investment in the Pacific Highway upgrade and additional funding for hospital construction, schools and new police and fire stations," Mr Stoner said.
"A huge injection of $1.2 billion has been allocated to the upgrade of the Pacific Highway.
"This Government is committed to seeing this important highway upgrade completed by 2020 and we are ensuring this ambitious target is met in the Budget."
Funding to continue the joint-State and Federally funded duplication of the highway to four lanes includes:
- $220 million to commence construction of the upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina;
- $205.8 million to continue construction of the Tintenbar and Ewingsdale upgrade;
- $200 million to continue the upgrade between Frederickton and Eungai;
- $190 million to continue the upgrade between Nambucca Heads and Urunga;
- $155 million to commence construction of the upgrade between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads;
- $135 million to commence construction between the Oxley Highway and Kundabung;
- $69.5 million to commence construction between Kundabung and Kempsey;
- $20 million to complete construction between Coffs Harbour (Sapphire) and Woolgoolga;
- $18 million to complete construction of the Sancrox Road interchange;
- $13.5 million to complete planning the upgrade between Warrell Creek and Urunga.
"There is also $185 million for the second crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton, with the bridge now fully funded to the tune of $205 million. $177 million has been allocated in this Budget from Restart NSW to commence construction and a further $8 million to continue planning," Mr Stoner said.
"The Bridges for the Bush program will provide $4 million to continue planning for the replacement of the Sportsmans Creek Bridge at Lawrence, and $2 million to continue planning for the replacement of the timber bridge over the Clarence River on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam."
A number of North Coast health projects have been provided for, including:
- $35.1 million to continue works on the $80.9 million Kempsey Hospital redevelopment;
- $24.7 million to continue works on the $80.2 million Lismore Hospital redevelopment;
- $3.3 million to continue works on the $104 million Port Macquarie Hospital redevelopment;
- $2.2 million to begin construction on the Lismore Hospital car park;
- $2 million to begin construction on the $7.6 million Coffs Harbour car park;
- $1.5 million to begin construction on the new $80 million Byron Hospital;
- $1.2 million to begin construction on the new Kempsey Ambulance Station;
- $1.6 million to continue the state's water fluoridation program.
Mr Stoner said the Budget also allocated funds for North Coast education projects, including $6.2 million to continue construction at Lake Cathie Public School, and $210,000 to continue the new Student Services Centre at Wollongbar TAFE.
"This is in addition to $755 million in recurrent funding for NSW Government schools," Mr Stoner said.
The region's police and emergency services will get a boost, with:
- $5.9 million towards a new police station at Tweed Heads;
- $3.9 million to complete work of the new $20 million police station at Coffs Harbour;
- $3.4 million to complete works on a new $3.9 million fire station at Port Macquarie;
- $687,000 towards a new $4.34 million fire station at Ballina.
The Budget includes $23.9 million to complete the court complex within the Coffs Harbour Justice precinct and $1.4 million, across the region's courthouses, for building works including disabled access and security.
For the North Coast, the 2014-15 Budget also includes:
- $10 million over four years to deliver dredging projects in priority waterways;
- $3.8 million to continue sand pumping and dredging at the Tweed River entrance;
- $3 million for the Yamba sewerage program, $ 2.6 million for water supply for Kyogle, $1 million for Dorrigo sewerage program, $600,000 for Nambucca water supply and $500,000 for Coffs Harbour sewerage program, all part of the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program;
- $2.8 million to complete design and commence works to upgrade the Coffs Harbour North Breakwater and $2 million to complete the $18 million upgrade of the Coffs Harbour East Breakwater.