Northern Tablelands wins in Tuesday's state budget

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

Northern Tablelands has received a record figure in the state budget, with more than a quarter of a billion dollars locked in for regional projects.

State MP Adam Marshall said a capital spend of almost $259 million over the next 12 months, surpassed last year’s record spend of $220 million in the electorate.

“This is record-breaking funding – never before has the Northern Tablelands experienced a funding package like this,” Mr Marshall said. 

“More than a quarter of a billion dollars has been allocated for projects in the Northern Tablelands.

“From our largest towns to our smallest villages, this budget will fund projects that will build and renew infrastructure, provide new and enhanced services and make life easier for residents across the Northern Tablelands.

“We have the money we need to better our hospitals, invest in schools, secure water infrastructure, invest in roads around the electorate, build community facilities, upgrade youth resources, support agricultural research and development and improve police facilities.

“This is all due to our proactive local councils and their communities working together and being persistent in lobbying government for their fair share for these important projects that will enhance our region.

“Full credit goes to the community, they have earned this result today.”

NORTHERN TABLELANDS HIGHLIGHTS

MALPAS DAM PIPELINE

Guyra’s water woes will soon be in the past with the state budget delivering  $12.375 million to construct a water pipeline from Malpas Dam to Guyra.

The new 15-kilometre pipeline will permanently drought-proof the community and ensure growth in the region.

INVERELL HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

The state budget has delivered $60 million to fully fund both stages of the Inverell District Hospital redevelopment.

Stage one plans for the redevelopment of Inverell Hospital include the construction of a new and expanded emergency department, new 38-bed inpatient unit, paediatric facilities and new main entry and admissions area.

INVERELL’S NEW POLICE STATION

The state budget has allocated $8.5 million to build a brand new 24-hour police station. 

The 58-year-old police station, built in 1960, is home to 46 fulltime police and staff. 

ARMIDALE SECONDARY COLLEGE

Locked in is $65 million for Armidale Secondary College which will see Duval and Armidale high schools demolished and replaced with a brand new, state-of-the-art high school for 1500 students.

GLEN INNES RESEARCH STATION AND ROAD UPGRADE

Glen Innes will share in more than $4 million state funding for research and development in agriculture to bolster on-farm productivity and help protect the $15 billion sector.

The $4.3 million investment, shared with Cowra, is part of a $50 million roll-out by the state government into the state’s primary industries research stations. 

The Bolivia Hill upgrade between Glen Innes and Tenterfield will receive a slice of a $84 million investment for the New England Highway.

MOREE ROADS UPGRADE, SERVICE NSW FACILITY and UPGRADED PCYC

A big win for the Moree community with $3.5 million allocated to seal a 56 kilometre stretch, which locals call Carrigan Road, from Mungindi to Boomi. 

A new Service NSW will be build and $5 million has been allocated to upgrade Aboriginal Housing in Moree and across the Northern Tablelands;

Moree PCYC will receive a $2 million upgrade.

This story What’s in the state budget for the Northern Tablelands? first appeared on The Armidale Express.

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