NEW hospitals in Moree and Glen Innes, school and road improvements and support for families have been funded in a record spending blitz in the 2021-22 NSW Budget today.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is overjoyed at "yet another" record funding allocation to continue regional development and local job creation.
He said the record capital spend of $349.52 million over the next 12 months, comes on the back of last year's COVID-19 mini-budget which saw a record investment of $315.4 million in the electorate.
Mr Marshall said the delivery of today's budget set a solid foundation for prosperity and growth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
I'm thrilled to see the funding delivered for the promised Moree and Glen Innes Hospital redevelopments, ensuring we'll see final planning completed and construction work starting in the next 12 months.- Adam Marshall
"This is record-breaking funding - never before have we seen this level of capital funding secured in the Northern Tablelands, especially off the back of consecutive record budgets," Mr Marshall said.
"I'm thrilled to see the funding delivered for the promised Moree and Glen Innes Hospital redevelopments, ensuring we'll see final planning completed and construction work starting in the next 12 months.
"This is a huge result for the Moree and Glen Innes communities, hot on the heels of successful redevelopments at Armidale and Inverell, to improve health services and medical practitioner numbers in the region.
Big ticket items
Key projects for the region include the $80 million Moree District Hospital redevelopment, the $20 million Glen Innes District Hospital refurbishment and $51.8 million for significant upgrades to the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree.
There's also $10.4 million to build of the multi-purpose hall at Armidale Secondary College, part of a $7.9 billion new and upgraded schools investment over the next four years. The space will boast facilities for both the performing arts, indoor sports and school gatherings.
$11.32 million is allocated to early road works associated with the Moree Special Activation Precinct and Intermodal and $1.7 million to begin construction on the New England Rural Fire Service Control Centre at Armidale Airport.
Planning and pre-delivery works for the Moree Special Activation Precinct will progress next financial year, with the site sharing $50 million with the Snowy Mountains and Williamtown Special Activation Precincts.
Local councils can share in $32 million to be provided through grants for maintenance and upgrades. This surpasses last year's Budget allocation of $29.4 million.
There will be $140.2 million in new roads and bridges funding for the Northern Tablelands, surpassing last year's record allocation of $102.8 million.
Free preschool will now be a staple for NSW families, with funding confirmed in the 2021/22 NSW Budget for community and mobile preschools today.
Start Strong Free Preschool, will commence from January 2022, saving up to $4000 per year per child in preschool fees.
New parents will have access to additional high-quality perinatal support, with the State Government allocating funding for a new Regional Family Care Centre in Armidale.
A Tresillian 2U Mobile Van in Inverell, will also be operated by Tresillian and Gidget Foundation Australia will support families with various early parenting challenges.
The region will share in a $380 million investment for the implementation of the State's landmark Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.
Funding will be spent over the next four years on transmission upgrades to support large scale renewable energy projects.
A number of historic former mine sites in the electorate will undergo significant remediation through the $107.7 million Legacy Mines Program.
The old silver and base metals Conrad Mine near Inverell and Ottery Arsenic and Tin Mine at Emmaville are two site already identified for rehabilitation.
More regional seniors than ever will benefit from the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card, with $246 million extending the program an additional two years and increasing the eligibility to those people of Age Pension age who receive either a Disability Pension or a Carers Payment from Services Australia.
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