FIRST PLACE FOR SNOWY MONARO HEALTH, TOURISM AND SPORT
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Health, tourism and sport in Monaro have won again today, with the Member for Monaro John Barilaro announcing $16.3 million in allocated funding for the Thredbo Valley Track extension and Cooma Hospital upgrade.
Mr Barilaro said he was thrilled to see the delivery of funding for two important projects that will serve generations to come.
“This major funding is revolutionary for the Snowy Monaro, with funding for a major health project and key sporting and tourism drawcard flowing from this budget,” he said.
“The allocation of $7 million to the Thredbo Valley Track extension, together with the election commitment of $11.8 million for the Jindabyne Shared Trail, will provide us with an international standard mountain bike trail. To have this asset in our region is transformational, particularly for the growing summer tourism of the Snowy Monaro.
In the 2019/2020 Budget, Cooma Hospital will receive $9.3 million in funding for a major transformational upgrade to the hospital.
“Funding projects such as the Cooma Hospital upgrade is important for our region; we want the very best health services in our towns,” Mr Barilaro said.
“People shouldn’t have to drive to Canberra for their healthcare. We want residents in Cooma and surrounds to have adequate services and amenities for their health needs.”
Today’s budget includes formalisation of the election commitments made for the Monaro, with the Budget Election Commitments list noting the following projects to be delivered in this term of government:
$15 million Cooma Sports Hub
$590,000 Queanbeyan Tigerettes changerooms
$750,000 for a new respite facility in Queanbeyan
“The Cooma sports hub will accommodate a wide range of sports including AFL, tennis, athletics, basketball, netball and cricket. I know how important it is to support the future sporting stars of Monaro. You never know, this new precinct might be all it takes to find the next Donald Bradman or Liz Ellis,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The Queanbeyan Tigerettes will not be sharing with the men’s team on match day, with funding of $590,000 to be delivered in this term of government to build a new team room and changerooms to house the growing team.
“The Queanbeyan Tigers are a rich part of Queanbeyan’s history, not only do we have a competitive men’s side but we now have an amazing women’s side. These ladies deserve to have the finest facilities for training and game day.”
Mr Barilaro said $750,000 will be delivered to local charity, Respite Care for QBN to ensure terminally or chronically ill people have access to terrific respite care, close to home. The election commitment for delivery of this important community asset has been formally noted in the Budget Election Commitments list today.
“It is critical to be supporting charities like Respite Care for QBN because people in our community deserve assistance when they are in need. I am proud our government will be stepping in to help,” Mr Barilaro said
Mr Barilaro said he was thrilled to see funding for two important projects
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