Budget Good News For Port Macquarie Electorate

Budget Good News For Port Macquarie Electorate

Today’s State Budget has been described as tough but fair, delivering over $150 million to the Port Macquarie electorate.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “Despite falling GST revenue which continues to impact on NSW many significant projects across our electorate have received State Government funding in this budget.

“Treasurer Mike Baird has injected millions of dollars to some very worthwhile local projects and programs which will be welcomed by our local communities.

“It is through strong and effective economic management that we have reduced the state’s debt and we are now on track to return to surplus in 2015,” Mrs Williams said.

“Importantly, this translates to a secure future for New South Wales.

Some of the major funding commitments to the electorate include;

    • $59.5 million to continue work on the $110 million Port Macquarie Base Hospital expansion.

    • $35 million to award the construction contract and continue planning for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between the Oxley Highway and Kundabung. 

    • $11.5 million to complete construction of the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Herons Creek and Stills Road.

    • $4.46 million for the restoration of natural disaster damage to local roads and bridges.

    • $3,174 million investment for social housing to build 15 units in two projects at a total cost of $5,584 million. 

    • $2.7 million upgrade of Ocean Drive in Port Macquarie by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

    • $1.8 million for the construction of two five bed group homes in Port Macquarie.

    • $1.884 million towards the construction of the new $3.9 million fire station at Port Macquarie.

“The foundation stones of the 2013/14 State Budget reflect the funding commitments to the Port Macquarie electorate by living within our means, driving jobs growth, building infrastructure and boosting front-line services.

“All have been able to be achieved while at the same time maintaining our triple A credit rating.

“The NSW Coalition has taken responsible decisions to deliver for the people of NSW and the Port Macquarie electorate are realising the benefits,” Mrs Williams said.

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