Lyne remains strong in spite of shifting south
I was humbled by the support given to us once again by the people of the Lyne electorate. This election of course had another twist in that we had a significant redistribution across NSW, including a 38% change to the Lyne electorate with the boundaries moving around Port Macquarie and then south to take in the northern suburbs of Maitland.
In the lead up to polling day and on polling day we had a wonderful army of hundreds of supporters manning 90 booths and volunteering in our offices and we thank them for the wonderful job they did. A big thanks to Bill Yates, Eddie Bridgewater and our promotional signage team on the hundreds of kilometres travelled putting up countless campaign signs in high profile locations and then of course taking them down to be stored for the next election.
As we have continued to take action to repair the budget to fix Labor’s debt and deficit mess, I have been delighted to see that under the Coalition’s first three budgets, this electorate has received record funding. Aged care funding in Lyne has increased from $90 million a year in 2013 to $105 million a year today, an extra $2 billion has been made available to fast track the Pacific Highway upgrade between the Oxley Highway and Kempsey and we’ve secured record funding for the Hastings and Manning for roads and infrastructure.
Throughout the election the Coalition put forward a number of positive policies in the local area as part of our jobs and growth strategy. We announced commitments towards the Wauchope Pool upgrade, the Taree Sports and Recreation Grounds upgrade, funding for additional mobile phone blackspot towers such as Mount Seaview, the Port Macquarie Airport Terminal expansion along with other important community projects.
I am particularly excited about our $50 million jobs and investment strategy for the North Coast and I am looking forward to working with the business community to encourage them to grow and expand. Encouraging other employers to locate here is also another component of the strategy. I look forward to implementing these important commitments throughout the next term in office.