Budget boost for the Orange Electorate
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the NSW Government yesterday delivered more than $70 million for the Orange Electorate in the State’s 2017-18 budget.
“This record budget shows the NSW Nationals and Liberals are dedicated to delivering improved health services, upgraded and more efficient transport and road infrastructure, and support for agriculture in the Orange electorate,” Mr Colless said.
“This budget will make a positive difference to the lives of local people and businesses, and major local industries such as agriculture.”
Key highlights from the NSW Government’s 2017-2018 budget include;
- $49.9 million for roads in the Orange electorate which includes $5 million for the planning of the Newell Highway upgrade at Parkes
- $13.3 million to deliver improved Transport infrastructure with $2.8 million going towards a concrete re-sleepering program
- $7.8 million for Research and Development Partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation
- $5.2 million towards Local Land Services and biodiversity reforms
- $2.8 million on social housing across the region
“It’s clear after visiting the electorate on numerous occasions this year – we need to provide improved infrastructure across the region,” Mr Colless said.
“Under Labor regional areas suffered for years – particularly regional roads. The NSW Nationals and Liberals are determined to turn this around. The proof is in the pudding - this budget confirms our grit and willpower to ensure this happens.
“The community will also benefit from round-the-clock availability of the NSW Ambulance helicopters, thanks to funding in the NSW Budget for an additional doctor and paramedic.
“I hope to return the Orange Electorate to the Nationals at the March 2019 election – and this budget acknowledges the work which needs to happen in this region.
“I’m proud to be part of a Government that recognises the importance of our regions and its local communities.”