HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR TAMWORTH ELECTORATE
The green light has been given to turbo-charge the Tamworth electorate following the announcement of a number of major projects in the 2017-18 NSW State Budget.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this shows the NSW Government’s commitment to our local region, recognising it as a growth centre for NSW.
“Yet again the NSW Government has delivered a budget that shows regional NSW matters with major projects being delivered across the electorate,” Mr Anderson said.
“In the lead up to this budget the community told me what was important to them for the future of our communities and I am pleased to say that we are able to deliver the things that matter to our communities.
“The cornerstone items that make a big difference to regional communities continue to see increased funding under this Government which includes emergency services, health, education, law and order, and roads.”
Key funded projects within this year’s budget include:
$8 million to commence the Gunnedah Overpass
$5.5 million for the new Gunnedah Police Station
$4 million for intersection improvements on the Oxley Highway
$4.8 million for a new West Tamworth Fire Station
$3.5 million to continue upgrades on Manilla Road
Continued redevelopment of Gunnedah Hospital
Multi-million dollar upgrades to Farrer High School and Tamworth Public School
$1.958 million towards social housing upgrades
$9.9 million for continued upgrades to Keepit Dam
Mr Anderson also welcomed the NSW Government $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program announced in the State Budget.
“The Safe and Secure Water Program has been set up to ensure regional NSW communities have access to high-quality, reliable and affordable water into the future,” Mr Anderson said.
“The Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant has been shortlisted to receive funding under this new program.”
Mr Anderson said significant funding has been allocated for the the Fixing Country Rail program which will allow Tamworth Regional Council to apply for funding, and in partnership with the NSW Government, develop a new Intermodal Freight Centre in Tamworth.
“I’ll continue working closely with Tamworth Regional Council to see funding allocated to this project which will bring huge economic benefits to our region.”
Tamworth schools are part of an education revolution which will see the upgrades to Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Tamworth Public School and significant funding for clearing maintenance backlogs.
Mr Anderson said that delivering the infrastructure projects that our community needs continues to be a priority, and vital services have also played a main role in this year’s budget.
“I welcome the $100 million commitment to increased palliative care services which will have a big effect on community palliative care, especially in our local area.
“This budget demonstrates that we continue to play an important role in the NSW economy, never before have we seen this continued level of investment from Government.
“I want to ensure that we continue to see this massive investment in our local communities which is why I never stop fighting for our fair share of funding.
“This budget is much more than dollars on a page, it is a message to our region that we matter and that we are being heard,” Mr Anderson concluded.