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Katrina welcomes responsible budget that delivers for Cootamundra

Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed the 2015 State Budget, saying this is a budget for jobs, growth and regional NSW.

“I welcome the NSW Government’s 2015 budget – this is a budget for everyone,” Katrina said.

“The 2015 budget is focussed on job creation; it’s focussed on infrastructure and growth; and it’s a budget that’s focussed on getting those jobs and that infrastructure and that growth into regional NSW, where we need it.

“Importantly, it’s also a budget that’s focussed on giving a hand to those who need assistance.

Katrina welcomed $70 million investment across the Cootamundra electorate in roads funding, including

  • $5 million for the realignment of the Newell Highway near Grong Grong
  • $15 million to progress upgrading the Gocup Road between Gundagai and Tumut
  • $5 million for the upgrade of the West Wyalong Heavy Vehicle Bypass
  • Significant improvements on major roads such as Goldfields Way, Olympic Highway, Canowindra Road, Burley Griffin Way, Junee Reefs Road, Snowy Mountains Highway, Newell Highway, Mid Western Highway, Barmedman Road and the Hume Highway at Tumblong.

“Rail infrastructure will see $20 million of capital funding, plus an additional $7.5 million for track work and maintenance such as resurfacing, re-signalling and property maintenance through the heart of the Cootamundra electorate,” Katrina said.

“Long-term water security for Narrandera and Cowra is one step closer with funding for the Narrandera bore replacement and Cowra bores.

“Across the electorate I’m also pleased to see an increase in Community Transport funding.

“State-wide capital health expenditure sees funding for planning for the new Coolamon Ambulance station.

The NSW Budget will invest $162 million to deliver quality services to the State’s farmers, landholders and communities across rural and regional NSW through Local Land Services, and $63 million in drought assistance funding under the five-year NSW Drought Strategy.

“There’s $15 million over four years being dedicated to build on the partnership between the NSW Government and the community Landcare movement – something I’m passionate about,” Katrina said.

“Public transport sees great investment across regional NSW, including a great win for the regions with $7.5 million dedicated to start planning for a new fleet of trains to replace the ageing XPT trains.”

The NSW Budget will deliver a $77 million investment to provide better living standards in regional NSW, creating more job opportunities, services and infrastructure for local communities.

This will include $26 million over three years to help families, businesses and emergency services connect under the Mobile Black Spot initiative, $31 million for new and approved applicants to be supported from the Murray Darling Economic Diversification program over 2015-16 and 2016-17, and continued investment in the Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund to increase regional economic opportunities.

Katrina said that seniors don’t miss out either, with $2 million over four years to double the number of outlets offering Seniors Card discounts and $4 million in grants over four years for local community projects to deliver accessibility, active living and mobility projects for seniors.

Importantly, the NSW Government is increasing its commitment to energy rebates for low income households across the state, with more than $250 million available for energy rebates this financial year, including the Low Income Household Rebate, the new $90 Gas rebate and the $150 Family Energy Rebate.

“This is a sensible budget:  one that delivers the goods for the continued growth and prosperity of NSW, at the same delivering socially responsible measures to look after low income households.

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