Budget Secures Funding for Barwon Projects
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has announced funding for the electorate as part of the NSW Budget delivered this week.
Mr Humphries said the budget for the region was as expected, with no major funding surprises.
“Most of the big-ticket items were promised before the March election; this is really just about locking in that funding so that we can get the projects underway,” he said.
“Major new projects for health include redevelopments for Broken Hill Hospital, Cobar, Coolah and Walgett MPS and Ivanhoe HealthOne.
“Funding for highways across the electorate include $9.8 million for the Silver City and Cobb Highways seal extensions, $5 million for upgrades to the Castlereagh, $4.25 million to widen the Kidman Way, $1 million for the Gwydir Highway and $393,000 for the Newell.
“Additional funds linked to upgrades on the Newell including the Coonabarabran Bypass and funding under the Fixing Country Roads program are also expected once the application process has been finalised.
Mr Humphries said the budget also included a total of $4.6 million for teacher housing units in Brewarrina, Wilcannia, Coonamble and Coonabarabran.
Funding for essential community services has been continued with over $2.5 million going towards community transport to assist the aged, the disabled and their carers.
“Rail freight will benefit across the electorate with over $30 million for capital maintenance works to replace rail infrastructure to ensure the assets are kept in good condition,” Mr Humphries said.
“In roads, $55 million has been provided for routine maintenance on State Roads around the electorate in addition to the considerable amount allocated to Barwon shire councils to assist them with road maintenance in their local government areas.”
Mr Humphries also said local towns promised funding under the State Government’s Walking and Cycling Paths program, including the Warrumbungle, Narrabri, Bogan, Lachlan and Gilgandra Shire Councils, have been allocated a total of $3 million in this budget.
“We’re also expecting the previously announced Town Water & Sewerage Programme funding to come through once the business cases have been finalised.
“This budget provides funding for much-needed infrastructure and improvements to the electorate and I’m eager to watch these projects progress,” he said.
“I believe there are still some areas where we need to allocate additional funds, particularly around drought assistance, and I will continue to advocate for this on behalf of the electorate.”