NSW BUDGET: Record breaking Monaro Spend

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NSW Budget: Record breaking Monaro spend

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro MP discussing the NSW Budget and what it means for the Monaro.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A record spend on infrastructure projects in our region means once in a life time investment in the Monaro, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

Hundreds of millions of dollars has been allocated in the 2017-2018 NSW Budget towards local education, roads, health and police projects across the Monaro.

“This is a historic day for the people of the Monaro,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Never before has a NSW Government invested so much in this often overlooked region.

“No more is the Monaro an afterthought because we are investing record breaking of funding to build better roads, schools and hospitals.

“This budget clearly demonstrates the Liberal/Nationals commitment to regional areas.”

Budget big ticket items include tens of millions of dollars to be spent upgrading Monaro schools including:

• Monaro High School (upgrade to school including specialist teaching spaces and canteen facilities)
• Jindabyne Central School (upgrade to school)
• Queanbeyan High School (upgrade and expansion of facilities for the delivery of future focused learning programs)
• Queanbeyan East Public School (expansion of school to provide new classrooms and core facility upgrade to address enrolment growth)
• Karabar High School (expansion of facilities to provide future focused learning programs)
• Braidwood Central School (expansion of school including new teaching spaces and core facility upgrade)
• School for Specific Purposes (Queanbeyan)

• Cooma Hospital Upgrade $10,000,000 (with $1,500,000 allocated in this budget to begin works)

• Queanbeyan/Palerang Roads Package $70,000,000 (with $38,000,000 to start works this year including the Nerriga Road upgrade, duplication of Old Cooma Road and a new roundabout on the corner of Malbon and Molonglo Streets Bungendore)
• $24,400,000 – Commence construction of Ellerton Drive extension in Queanbeyan
• $2,000,000 – Nerriga Road – planning for the replacement of Charleyong Bridge over the Mongarlowe River
• $3,500,000 – finalise design and commence construction of Tompsitt Drive and Lanyon Drive intersection improvements Jerrabomberra
• $1,000,000 – Monaro Highway pavement upgrade south of Nimmitabel
• $1,500,000 – Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road overtaking lanes and safety improvements

• New Queanbeyan Police Station $17,000,000 ( with $3,300,000 allocated in this budget for works)
Mr Barilaro said the budget lays the foundation for solid investment in roads with a $70,000,000 Queanbeyan/Palerang Roads Package including the Old Cooma Road duplication and the Nerriga Road upgrade.

“Nerriga Road is an important yet unfinished link in our regions road network that has been overlooked by successive Governments for years,” said Mr Barilaro.

“The tourism and business benefits an upgrade of this road would bring to the region cannot be overstated.

“The poor state of the road is currently dangerous for tourists, residents, the local school bus run and freight companies and I’m so pleased this crucial project will finally come to fruition.”

The budget has also set aside funding honouring election commitments including the $10,000,000 Cooma Hospital Upgrade and the $17,000,000 new Queanbeyan Police Station development.

“The re-development of Cooma Hospital is a game changer for the community, ensuring local patients receive quality care well into the future,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Works will include a revamp of the Emergency Department, the maternity ward and radiology services, as well as see a new ambulatory care centre.

“Additionally our hard working police deserve the very best, state of the art facilities.

“The current Queanbeyan Police Station is more than 30 years old, in poor condition and is too small. The new station will improve service delivery to the local community as well as meeting operational needs into the future. It’s important we give our police the facilities they need to keep our community safe.”

Mr Barilaro described today’s education budget as the single largest investment in public education across the Monaro.

Queanbeyan High School, Queanbeyan East Public School, Karabar High School, Braidwood Central School, Jindabyne Central School and Monaro High School will be upgraded with funding provided through this year’s NSW Government Budget.

A new School for Specific Purposes (SSP) to cater for students with disabilities in Queanbeyan is also planned.

These projects are a part of the NSW Government’s record commitment to education across the state, which will see a record $4.2 billion invested into new and existing school projects over the next four years, including $2.2 billion worth of new projects commencing in the next two years.

“These upgrades will help provide the school facilities our community needs and deserves,” Mr Barilaro said.

Mr Barilaro said he’s proud to be part of a government that is delivering on its promises, building for the future and places the needs of the community first.

“This is budget is a clear demonstration of the Liberal/Nationals commitment to regional areas,” said Mr Barilaro.