Minister for Western NSW Kevin Humphries said the significant amount of funding for Western NSW is recognition of the importance of the region’s contribution to the State’s economy. The Budget features significant investment in areas such as education, roads, health and transport.
“Through this Budget the NSW Government are continuing to provide the funding that will ensure the future growth and prosperity of Western communities”, Mr Humphries said.
Highlights of the Budget for Western NSW include:
Transport, roads and freight networks:
- $488 million for roads in Western NSW, including $332 million for maintenance and $154 million for road upgrades;
- A share in the $117 million allocated for rail maintenance to improve safety and reliability on the rail network, including replacing sleepers and renewing bridges;
- $7 million in community transport funding to help people, who cannot use regular public transport, access shopping, medical and social activities.
- A share in the $200 million Regional Freight Pinch Point and Safety Program for proposed improvement works on key western roads; and,
- $50 million for a Western NSW Freight Productivity Program, including fast-tracking sealing work on the Cobb and Silver City highways.
Health and mental health:
- $85 million to continue works on the $210.8 million Stage 2 Tamworth Hospital redevelopment;
- $77 million to continue works on the $282.1 million Wagga Wagga Base Hospital redevelopment;
- $44.6 million to continue works on the $91.3 million Stage 1 and 2 Dubbo Hospital redevelopment;
- $43.7 million to continue works on the Parkes and Forbes hospitals redevelopment project;
- $9.5 million to continue works on the $12.4 million Hillston MultiPurpose Service project
- $8.2 million to continue works on the $12 million Peak Hill MultiPurpose Service project; and,
- $4.6 million for the expansion of mental health services at Wagga Wagga Hospital.
Primary Industries and Natural Resources, Lands and Water:
- An additional $325 million reserved for Water Security for Regions to fund infrastructure works that secure water supplies and drought-proof regional communities;
- A share of $61 million for Local Land Services;
- $17 million to implement water reform initiatives in the Murray-Darling Basin; and,
- $13.2 million as part of an upgrade to Chaffey Dam.
“The massive funding for Western NSW in this Budget recognises the importance of this vital region to NSW and highlights the Government’s commitment to supporting the communities and industries that play such an important role in driving the State’s economy,” Mr Humphries said.