Keeping up with Kevin Hogan
There is a lot happening on the North Coast.
Across the region, people are continuing to benefit from the work being undertaken on the duplication of the Pacific Highway. With $5.6 billion invested in this project and construction happening from Ballina to Woolgoolga the duplication will finally link the two ends of the Page electorate.
The energy and excitement that this investment has created is very real. It is creating more jobs in our towns, with Grafton, where the construction is currently centred, having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
The Federal Government recognises the strong role that investment in our regions plays which is why the $25 million North Coast Regional Jobs strategy will continue to bring more workers to the Coffs Coast and Northern Rivers. With applications for Round 1 of this funding closing soon there are some very exciting businesses interested in expanding into our region.
Our region has other crucial infrastructure coming soon. Beef farmers are soon going to be able to use a brand new state of the art saleyards in Casino with the Federal Government investing $3.5 million in the project. There is $4.15 million to upgrade the Harwood sugar mill. The National Centre of Co-operative Excellence established in Lismore with a $13.8 million pool to encourage new Co-operatives across the country is underway. There is $4.2 million to repair and upgrade bridges around Kyogle and the Oakes Oval upgrade and quadrangle project in Lismore will receive a funding boost of $4.2 million. Surf lifesaving in Woolgoolga will receive $1 million to build new facilities. The riverside precinct in Maclean is being upgraded thanks to an election commitment of $1.8 million.
Grafton is getting a new Headspace. As well as this, the Federal Government has committed almost $1.4 million for Headspace in Lismore and to expand its youth mental health services in Casino and Kyogle.
My state colleagues Thomas George, Chris Gulaptis, Ben Franklin and Andrew Fraser are also delivering in spades, making sure Northern NSW retains a strong Nationals voice in both Governments.
Member for Page