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NSW BUDGET: BUILDING MONARO’S FUTURE
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Communities throughout the Monaro will benefit from the delivery of the 2018-19 NSW Budget, Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced today. The 2018-19 Budget has reported a surplus of $3.9 billion in 2017-18.
Over $300 million has been allocated in this year’s budget towards a number of important roads, law and order, health and education projects across the Monaro.
“The funding announced in this budget will set in stone many key projects that will transform the Monaro for generations to come,” Mr Barilaro said.
“I’m proud to be part of a government that has handed down an incredible budget that funds projects for the future and puts the needs of the community first.”
Mr Barilaro announced that the Braidwood Police Station would undergo a significant upgrade with the announcement of a $1.2 million redevelopment.
“The Braidwood station services a large area and our local hard-working men and women in blue will have new modern facilities and equipment thanks to the NSW Government’s commitment to redevelop this important station,” Mr Barilaro said.
Following the recent announcement of the final design of the brand new Queanbeyan Police Station, the NSW Budget includes $20.1 million in funding for the knockdown and rebuild of the brand new, state of the art facility.
“The NSW Government is clearly committed to providing police with the support and resources they need to do their job and keep our communities safe and secure.” Mr Barilaro said.
BOMBALA SEWAGE AND WATER:
Bombala residents will be pleased to hear that $3.5million will be invested in the Bombala sewage plant.
This funding is in addition to the NSW Government’s commitment to provide $15million for upgrades to water systems of Bombala and Delegate.
“The water and sewage system in Bombala has been neglected for decades, and this investment will see these systems brought up to standard.” Mr Barilaro said.
“For many communities this is a basic amenity, but this funding is so important for the communities of Delegate and Bombala,” he said.
The NSW Budget includes over $110million for roads projects across the Monaro.
Included in this year’s budget is $22million for the construction of a new bridge on Nerriga Road at Charleyong.
“Nerriga Road is part of a vital transport route for our region, connecting Braidwood and Nowra via Nerriga,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Funding for the bridge replacement was allocated in the 2017/18 Budget and today’s announcement will allow the NSW Government to expand the project and construct a bridge that will improve safety and accessibility for all road users, particularly freight operators,” he said.
Mr Barilaro said the $70 million Queanbeyan-Palerang Roads Package will see funding for continued works on Nerriga Road and Old Cooma Road.
“Work has started on sealing the final 16.5km of unsealed parts of Nerriga Road, which together with Charleyong Bridge will see this transport route brought up to excellent standards,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Phase two of the $70 million Queanbeyan-Palerang Roads Package will fund the much needed duplication of Old Cooma Road, connecting Googong with the Edwin Land Parkway and the forthcoming Ellerton Drive extension.
“The 4.5km duplication and off-road shared path will revolutionise travel in the region and provide for the growth of Googong in the future,” he said.
This year’s NSW budget allocates $10 million in additional funding for Cooma Hospital and outlines the NSW Government’s planned upgrades to the facility.
“It is clear that our government’s investment in health extends far past the boundaries of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong and into the regions, including here in the Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said.
The funding will allow for upgrades to the emergency department and maternity unit, improvements to ambulatory care services and improvements to inpatient units.
BUNGENDORE AMBULANCE STATION
Following a pre-budget announcement in March this year, Mr Barilaro has confirmed the NSW Budget includes funding for the construction of a brand new ambulance station in Bungendore.
“The growth of Bungendore, the peak hour and holiday traffic along the Kings Highway and the community support for this project has resulted in funding for the Bungendore Ambulance Station,” Mr Barilaro said.
Mr Barilaro said possible sites for the station have been flagged and the NSW Government has already begun works on the project.
QUEANBEYAN TRESILIAN FAMILY CARE CENTRE HUB
The NSW Government is committed to supporting families and has announced that it will be partnering with Tresilian to establish five Family Care Centre Hubs across the state.
“I’m thrilled that the NSW Government will fund the construction of a Tresilian Family Care Centre Hub in Queanbeyan,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Tresilian is an early parenting service that guides families in the early years of their child’s life, supporting new parents with the issues they may face including infant health, care, nutrition and post-natal depression.
“Having a child is exciting, daunting, incredible and frightening all at the same time, and providing this extra support is a real priority for the NSW Government.
“This is a commitment that will make a real difference to the lives of parents and families in our community and I am proud to be delivering this important facility for the Queanbeyan region,” he said.
The Monaro will also see their share of arts funding with over $1million for important arts projects within Queanbeyan and surrounds.
$990,000 will transform the Bicentennial Hall into a functional and multi-purpose space.
“It will form part of a ‘cultural hub’ and provide a sought-after venue for current and potential users in the performing arts, visual arts, community and culture space.” Mr Barilaro said.
An additional $40,000 for Queanbeyan Palerang’s Finders Keepers will enable the creation of a vibrant arts shopfront located within The Q Exhibition Space in the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.
“Funding will assist to fit-out the current exhibition space to operate as a shopfront to promote, profile and sell high quality, local art and craft in the Queanbeyan- Palerang region,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Art is so important for regional communities and brings together people from all walks of life,” he said.
This Budget sees $4.8million to begin work on the Snowie’s Iconic Great Walk and the Thredbo Valley Track Extension.
“The economic benefits, let alone the social, environmental and health benefits of a project like this, are fantastic,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Once delivered, the upgraded National Park is expected to support an additional 190 full-time positions.
“Work on both these projects will begin after this seasons ski season,” he said.