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BUDGET FOCUS ON ROADS, HEALTH AND EDUCATION FOR FORBES, PARKES, NARROMINE AND CANOWINDRA

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Key road projects and improved health services for Forbes and Parkes were big ticket items in the NSW Liberals/Nationals second budget, demonstrating its commitment to regional NSW, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

The budget set aside $2.3 million towards the upgrade of Forbes Hospital and the re-development of Parkes Hospital.

"These important pieces of community health infrastructure will be enhanced despite the significant challenges facing the NSW economy at present," said Mr Grant.

"The projects move a step closer towards completion with this welcome injection of funds," Mr Grant said.

The Government has also delivered $35.8 million through its roads budget towards infrastructure and maintenance upgrades for the region.

Half a million dollars has been allocated to commence planning for a realignment of the Newell Highway at Trewilga and pavement rebuilding on the highway north of Forbes has been allocated $800,000.

Residents will be pleased to learn that the NSW Government is honouring its election commitment by sealing Tony McGrane Way between Tullamore and Narromine at a cost of $700,000.

Funding to the tune of $940,000 dollars has been allocated to provide for a turning lane on the Newell Highway at Forbes, honouring another election commitment.

Over two million dollars has been set aside for pavement resurfacing on the Henry Parkes and Lachlan Valley Ways, the Mitchell, Newell and Golden Highways.

On the back of the recent flood events the Government has recognised the need to restore vital road infrastructure damaged in the electorate through natural disaster by allocating $11.7 million for works to roads and bridges.

Parkes Police Station has achieved a further $5.8 million out of the budget towards its $14 million upgrade.

The Peak Hill Community Bus will receive $33,000 to enable it to provide ongoing transport to the frail, aged and disabled.

Parkes and District Neighbourhood Centre has received $250,000 for community transport and $160,000 will be set aside for Cabonne Community Transport.

Forbes, Parkes, Narromine and Cabonne Shire Council's will receive some of the $5 million set aside as grants for regional roads in the budget.

Within the education portfolio $318 million will be spent on school maintenance with schools in the Dubbo electorate receiving over $600,000.

Narromine High School will be allocated $200,000 for toilet renovations under the NSW Governments Public School Upgrade program.

Over $30,000 will be spent improving maintenance at Forbes High, Forbes North Public and Forbes Public Schools; $33,000 will be allocated towards maintenance at Parkes High and Parkes Public Schools and Canowindra High and Canowindra Public Schools will receive $18,000 between them towards their maintenance budget.

Ballimore, Bedgerebong, Bogan Gate, Eugowra, Eumungerie, Trundle, Peak Hill, Tullamore and Wongarbon Schools have also been allocated funding for maintenance.

“While the Federal Government is contributing less to NSW infrastructure, the NSW Budget increases infrastructure spending by 17 per cent over the next four years, compared with the last four years," said Mr Grant.

"The people of the Dubbo electorate will see in this Budget a focus on building better infrastructure for the services we rely on every day."

BUDGET DELIVERS MORE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR DUBBO

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A significant injection of funds into roads and health services in the Dubbo electorate, in the NSW Governments second budget demonstrates its commitment to improving service delivery in regional NSW, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

The $80 million re-development of Dubbo Base Hospital has received a further injection of funds to the tune of $12.5 million allocated this financial year towards stages 1 and 2 of the re-development.

"This exciting project moves a step further towards completion with the welcome injection of funds," Mr Grant said.
An additional $2.3 million will be directed towards the upgrade of Forbes and Parkes Hospitals.

"This has been achieved against the backdrop of significant challenges facing the NSW economy," said Mr Grant.
"The NSW Government understands how important it is to secure better health outcomes for the people of the Dubbo electorate."

The Government has also delivered $35.8 million through its roads budget towards infrastructure and maintenance upgrades for the region.

A further $1.1 million has been set aside to undertake pavement re-building on the Newell Highway at Yellow Creek north of Dubbo, while similar work will be undertaken on the Newell Highway north of Forbes at a cost of $800,000.

Residents will be pleased to learn that the NSW Government is honouring its election commitment by sealing Tony McGrane Way between Tullamore and Narromine at a cost of $700,000 and will fund a further upgrade of the LH Ford Bridge over the Macquarie River on the Mitchell Highway at a cost of $650,000.

Forbes locals stand to benefit from the provision of a turning lane on the Newell Highway that will cost $940, 000.

Honouring its election commitment, the NSW Government has allocated $700,000 towards the upgrade of the Newell Highway and Boothenba Road to enable its future use by road trains and b-doubles seeking access.

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo will pick up $6.4 million for construction and restoration projects within the zoo.
The Riverside Centre in Dubbo will obtain an additional $1 million towards its redevelopment.

Parkes Police Station has achieved a further $5.8 million out of the budget towards its $14 million upgrade.

The Budget allocates $178 million to employ additional police, as part of the Government’s commitment to increase authorised police numbers by 400 by June 2014.

Almost $100 million is allocated for a State Emergency services package designed to help prepare for and respond to floods and storms.

The Peak Hill Community Bus will receive $33,000 to enable it to provide ongoing transport to the frail, aged and disables.

Within the education portfolio $318 million will be spent on school maintenance with schools in the Dubbo electorate receiving over $600,000.

Dubbo College Delroy Campus will receive $200,000 for the upgrade and resurfacing of external paving and Narromine High School will be allocated the same amount for toilet renovations.

The Budget includes a $30 million boost to our Local Government Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, which helps councils with the borrowing costs on loans to address infrastructure backlogs. Dubbo and Parkes Shire were among the 69 councils that applied in the first round.

“While the Federal Government is contributing less to NSW infrastructure, the NSW Budget increases infrastructure spending by 17 per cent over the next four years, compared with the last four years," said Mr Grant.

"The people of Dubbo will see in this Budget a focus on building better infrastructure for the services we rely on every day."

 


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