Cowper cleans up in NSW Budget, brand new hospital for Macksville

Oxley MP Melinda Pavey and Health Minister Brad Hazzard

Oxley MP Melinda Pavey and Health Minister Brad Hazzard

MEMBER for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, announced a series of major and ongoing infrastructure projects will be delivered for the community under today’s NSW Budget.

Mrs Pavey said there is an array of highlight items in the Budget for Oxley, including:

Macksville Hospital - $73m for construction of a whole new hospital on the greenfields site, Macksville

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Road Funding - $262m for an array of projects and grants to Local Government for construction, upgrade and repair works and measures 

Wauchope Public School Upgrade – multi-million dollar capital injection* for new, permanent classrooms

South West Rocks Fire Station - $1.5m for construction of new Fire Station

Wauchope Ambulance Station -  funding for new station planning and construction*

“I’m very pleased that the NSW Government’s sound economic management enables delivery of all this funding for priority projects,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The Macksville Hospital decision will be a lasting and very positive legacy for the Nambucca Valley; in the wide consultation about the redevelopment of the old hospital, the community rightly suggested the Government should also think about a ‘new’ option.

“Hence, with the identification of a site and the financial resources, the NSW Government has committed to this huge $73 million venture.

“Of course, the other massive project – the upgrade of the Pacific Highway with our Federal Coalition partners – will continue apace. Engineers and contractors are targeting later this year to open several more sections between Wauchope and Nambucca, and to complete all works early next year.”

Mrs Pavey said there are many more project and initiative listings in the Budget detail, especially in the Transport and Roads & Maritime portfolios, in other agency areas and in the Restart NSW Fund as part of the Government’s robust 2017-18 Budget position.

“NSW is expected to record a surplus of $4.5 billion in 2016-17, with a surplus of $2.7 billion forecast for 2017-18 and average surpluses of $2.0 billion forecast over the four years to 2020-21,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This allows record levels of investment in infrastructure in every corner of the State.”

To support growing regional centres and their economic potential, the Government has reserved $1 billion for a new, four-year Regional Growth: Economic Activation Fund. The funding, which will come from Restart NSW, will support rail, road and energy infrastructure, as well as sports and cultural centres aimed at enriching the lives of regional residents.

“It is really pleasing to be able to deliver a Budget that provides more help for those who need it, continues to improve the services the people of NSW depend on, and builds the infrastructure for today and for future generations,” Mrs Pavey said.

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