State Budget Results For Port Macquarie

State Budget Results For Port Macquarie

The long awaited expansion to the Mental Health Unit at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital has been secured with $10.6 million allocated in today’s State Budget.

The investment in Port Macquarie’s inpatient mental health unit will enhance services, particularly for older people and young adults.

A major upgrade to Lake Cathie Public School including new classrooms will meet the increasing student enrolments in one of the fastest growing areas in the Port Macquarie electorate and is welcome news for our community.

The upgrade will help provide the great school facilities our community needs and deserves.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “Thanks to the Liberals and Nationals Government, the NSW economy is the strongest in Australia and this Budget demonstrates that by being fiscally responsible we can deliver vitally important projects across the electorate and across the state.

“We are seeing unprecedented growth in our local communities and thanks to the Government’s astute decisions, our strong position now gives us options to invest in our communities.

“Over $100 million has been allocated for the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade from the Oxley Highway to Kundabung.

“While we have prioritised the completion of the duplication of the Pacific Highway by 2020, we have not sat on our laurels when it comes to other much needed services and infrastructure.”

Additional roads funding includes;

$2,320,000 – Pavement repair on the Pacific Highway, south of Kew

$2,113,000 – Routine maintenance work on State roads including management and inspection services and minor pavement repairs

$1,115,000 – Specific maintenance and minor improvement work on State roads including patching and resurfacing, road widening and realignment, intersection upgrades and passing lanes

$100,000 – Design improvements for the intersection of the Oxley Highway and Lake Road, Port Macquarie

$832,000 – Grants to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Lord Howe Island Board and Sailability NSW Inc (Port Macquarie) to upgrade recreational boating infrastructure facilities under the NSW Boating Now program

The popular community backed projects in the Camden Haven – Schools to Schools and Beach to Beach have secured more funding through this budget including an elevated boardwalk at Dunbogan as part of the $62 million Cycling and Walking Program.

Funding has also been committed to continue investigations for a new orbital road from Ocean Drive to Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie.

Other local funding commitments include;

  • $2.3 million to fund the Telegraph Point Sewerage Scheme
  • Over $2.7 million for new and upgraded social housing
  • $900,000 for Aboriginal housing

“Since I was elected in 2011, hundreds of millions of dollars have been directed to the Port Macquarie electorate and this year’s budget reflects ongoing investment for the benefit of everyone in our local community,” Mrs Williams said.

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