GUNNEDAH THE BIG WINNER IN THE BUDGET
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed significant investment for Gunnedah in the 2015-16 NSW State Budget.
Mr Anderson said that Gunnedah has secured $7.2 million for important projects that he has been pushing for.
“I am very happy to see money in the Budget for projects such as the Gunnedah Police Station refurbishment and the Second Rail Overpass.
“It is very pleasing to see that $5.5 million has been allocated to refurbish the Gunnedah Police Station with $200,000 to immediately commence planning works.
“We need to be able to provide police with the resources they need to get on top of crime. Ultimately if we can build a better facility, it will help us to attract more police into the future and keep our streets safe.
“$3 million has been allocated for the Railway Overpass to get the project underway, and I am looking forward to seeing work progress on this very important project. This will keep traffic flowing and fix the problem of vehicles stuck on one side of town unable to cross because of long trains.
“Some other projects in Gunnedah that have received funding include $496,000 for the fishways downstream of Lake Keepit and $1.3 million for Phase 1 of the Keepit Dam upgrade.
“The $2 million upgrade of the Gunnedah Hospital has been confirmed by the government as an election commitment but it was not included in this year’s budget. I will push to make sure it is included next year.
“Gunnedah plays an important part in our region and I am pleased to see that we have secured money for the big ticket items.
“By continuing to build infrastructure like roads, hospitals, schools and our police stations, it allows for job creation and keeps the Gunnedah economy strong.
“I am very proud of the funding for Gunnedah in this budget and I am pleased to see that the projects that I have fought hard for will be funded.
“The investment announced today for Gunnedah reflects the strong plan that I have as we work towards building a better region,” Mr Anderson concluded.