MONARO’S BUDGET BUCKET OF GOLD
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is again delivering major funds for towns across the Monaro, with the Member for Monaro John Barilaro today outlining the major investments covered under the 2019/2020 NSW Budget.
“This is a big budget for Monaro, with funding for our region’s police and justice precincts, and transport services and infrastructure,” Mr Barilaro said.
Key justice and transport projects funded under the NSW Budget are:
$9 million for the first stage of the Queanbeyan Courthouse upgrade
$817,000 for the Braidwood Police Station upgrade
Expansion of bus services in the Queanbeyan region
Accessibility upgrades to the Queanbeyan Train Station
“The first stage of the $18 million Queanbeyan Courthouse upgrade will begin, with the first half of the funding flowing through to get the project underway, which is great timing for Queanbeyan’s entire justice precinct overhaul,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Safety in regional towns is paramount. Braidwood residents will soon benefit from a major upgrade to the Braidwood Police Station, with $817,000 allocated in this year’s budget.
“We know getting from point A to point B is tougher in regional areas, which is why I am glad the NSW Liberals and Nationals are funding more bus services in our region.”
The new services include:
– More services from Queanbeyan to Bungendore, Googong and South Jerrabomberra
– More weekday services between Queanbeyan suburbs and the Canberra CBD
– Saturday day return services between Queanbeyan and Bungendore, including other communities along the road corridor
– Weekday and Saturday day return services between Queanbeyan and Carwoola
“The Queanbeyan Train Station should be accessible to everybody, and the Transport Access Program upgrade will ensure it is,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Funding for the accessibility upgrade is fantastic news for patrons, particularly the disabled, the elderly, parents with prams, and travellers with luggage, who will all benefit once the upgrade is complete.”
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government today released its plan for further investment in the Monaro, with the Budget Election Commitments list noting further projects to be delivered over this term of government.
The projects include:
$13 million for upgrades to Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher Police Stations
$1 million for Cooma’s streetscape
“During the election period, I visited Jindabyne many times, and the issue of crime was consistently raised. Residents are particularly concerned about crime during the peak tourist seasons,” Mr Barilaro said.
“I was pleased to announce a commitment of $10 million to upgrade Jindabyne Police Station. Today I am thrilled to announce I have fought for more, and the funding has been bumped up to $13 million, to include upgrades to Thredbo and Perisher Police Stations as well. We will see these projects roll out from 1 July 2020.
“Cooma is a historically rich and unique town, but Sharp Street is in need of a facelift. Cooma’s $1 million streetscape was welcome news for businesses and residents, and it will be fantastic to see the Sharp Street upgrade progress.
“I am so proud to be delivering these important projects for the Monaro. We will see funding from this budget go to important initiatives that service the entire community. In addition, our government has laid out the plans for the next four years, with acknowledgement that our important election commitments will be funded in this term of government.
“Monaro is such a wonderful place to live, and this budget reflects the importance the NSW Government places on our beautiful part of the state.”
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