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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."

 

GRANT ACTS: FORBES AND PARKES HOSPITALS ON TRACK

Monday, May 28, 2012
A move to deliver high quality health services is now a step closer; with planning due to commence shortly for the refurbishment of Forbes Hospital, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant today confirmed that all health services currently operating out of the Forbes Hospital would be retained, removing any uncertainty or doubt in the minds of local residents over the future of health services in Forbes.

Mr Grant also re-confirmed that the NSW Government has committed $42.5 million towards a new hospital at Parkes and $25 million for a refurbishment of Forbes Hospital.

"I'm excited to see that significant progress is being made to deliver upon the election commitments the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government gave to the people of Forbes and Parkes," Mr Grant said.

"This Government recognises that the Parkes and Forbes communities and the surrounding region have been neglected for far too long."

"Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller has been kept informed of these developments and expressed gratitude for the excellent work undertaken by the Western NSW Local Health District CEO Ron Dunham and his team."

Mr Grant said the decision to maintain services at Forbes Hospital was reached after lengthy consultation with doctors, clinicians and the community.

"I will continue to work with these groups to address the shortfalls in existing services including the shortage of GP's in the region."

Mr Grant also said he was encouraged by the fact that work to select a site for the multimillion dollar Parkes Hospital will commence shortly.

"A number of sites will be earmarked by Health Infrastructure and assessed for their suitability," Mr Grant said.

"Whichever site is selected must take into consideration Parkes increasing population and growing community needs." 

"Yet again we have delivered on a promise to deliver the very best available health care to these two communities."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

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