VIDEO: NSW BUDGET WRAP FOR BEGA:
Member for Bega, Andrew Constance offers a wrap of what the 2019-20 state budget means for the region... saying: "Importantly, it confirmed that all the major projects announced prior to the state election for the Far South Coast are now funded - and will be delivered during this term of Government."
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Eurobodalla residents are delighted in the news that the NSW 2019-20 Budget will include the $150m for the New Eurobodalla Hospital In announcing the local elements of the budget the Member for Bega Andrew Constance said "the 2019-20 budget cements major project spending in the region and will continue to deliver hundreds of jobs and provide essential infrastructure."
Mr Constance said, "the NSW Treasurer has today confirmed that major projects announced prior to the state election for our region are funded and will be delivered during this term of Government."
“Projects that will have such a massive impact on our local communities were promised and I am pleased to tell you all that they will be delivered across the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires.
· New Eurobodalla Hospital.
· Nelligen Bridge.
· Water Filtration for Brogo, Bermagui, Bega and Tathra.
· New Bega and Tathra Police Stations.
· New Batemans Bay TAFE.
· New Bega TAFE Specialist Trade Centre.
· Eden Port Welcome Centre.
· Continued Princes Highway upgrades including, Moruya Bypass.
· Road sealing works on Towamba to Burragate Roads, Eden Port/Princes Highway connectivity and Tantawangalo Mountain Road.
· Community projects from playgrounds to sports grounds, halls and more.
Above: good news to see the Eurobodalla Hospital listed in the budget with $150m
“We will see some of our communities better connected with construction funding in excess of $600,000 for safe, shared paths and crossings including:
· New pedestrian crossing on the Princes Highway in Pambula.
· Completion of safety upgrades at Wolumla Public School, to ensure safe passage for some of our youngest community members and their families.
· New Sylvan St from George Bass Drive to Banksia in Malua Bay shared path.
· New Francis St from Coronation Drv to Elizabeth Drv in Broulee shared path.
· New Sunshine Bay Road shared path.
· New Foam St shared path at Surfside.
· New Melaleuca Cres from Calga Cres to Yarrabee Drv, shared path incl. pedestrian refuge in Catalina.
“This budget reinforces the NSW Government commitment to deliver for regional areas at a magnitude never seen before,” Mr Constance said.
“The strong economic management of this Government is why we continue to deliver the infrastructure that those across our region should have access to.
“Locals know better than anyone that investment in diverse regions like ours - with everything from dairy and oyster farmers through to small business and tourism operators – health, education and emergency services make a huge impact on the state’s overall economy and community function,” Mr Constance said.
“Not only will our region see major infrastructure investment in many important projects and upgrades, we are also supporting families and those in community wherever we can.
Key highlights in the 2019-20 budget that will see benefits realised across our region include:
· $2.8 billion to recruit frontline health staff
· $2.3 billion for vocational education and training
· $1 billion for fixing country roads and bridges.
· $449 million to clear maintenance backlogs in public schools by 2020.
· $355 million to extend critical drought assistance for farmers and communities.
· $100 million Stronger Country Communities fund for community based projects.
· $120 million to expand before and after school care
· $88.4 million for 100 additional school counsellors or psychologists and an additional 350 student support officers for our youth mental health needs.
· $20 million additional funding for community Pre-School capital works.
· Active kids rebate doubling to $200 for families from July 1.
· Payroll tax threshold increase to $850,000 for small businesses.
· 100,000 fee free apprenticeships.
Mr Constance said "We are supporting families with the continuation of the $100 creative kids vouchers, looking after students with smart and sustainable air-conditioning into schools, ensuring community mental health is supported, more teachers, more health professionals, better sports facilities and delivering the community infrastructure to our region we need and deserve."