Minister for the Central Coast Rob Stokes welcomed the new budget, which included $119 million for road projects and $2.7 million to begin work on the Gosford Hospital redevelopment program.
“This budget is good news for the Central Coast and further delivers on our election commitments, with new money and programs for better transport in the region”, Mr Stokes said.
Highlights in this year’s budget for the Central Coast include:
Roads & Maritime:
- $10 million to complete construction of a new intersection on Sparks Road to support the Warnervale Town Centre.
- $10 million to continue construction of the upgrade of the intersection of Terrigal Drive and Charles Kay Drive.
- $5 million to complete planning and commence early works for the Pacific Highway and Wyong Road intersection upgrade at Tuggerah.
- $5 million to complete planning and commence early works for the Wyong Road with Enterprise Drive intersection upgrade.
- $1.49 million for the Wisemans Ferry Road upgrade.
- $846,000 to the Central Coast Local Health District for additional Clinical Nurses, Midwife Educators and Midwife Specialists.
Aging & Disability:
- $500,000 for completion of a new co-located group home in Woy Woy.
- $527,000 for building works including disabled access, better amenities and security for court users.
- $320,000 Environmental Trust grant program funding for at least 12 projects.
- $360,000 to implement the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Pest Management Strategy, targeting priority pests in parks and reserves across both regions.
- $245,000 to deliver energy efficiency services and training for medium and large businesses.
Infrastructure & Services:
- $550,000 to fund the State Investment Attraction Scheme and Regional Industries Investment Fund.
- $574,912 for therapeutic counselling and support services to problem gamblers and their families.
- $193 million investment in the Transport Access Program.
- $20.7 million to deliver better ways to help customers plan journeys, as well as improving signage at stations, stops and wharves.
- $283 million for the joint NSW and Australian Government Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program.
- $5 million in 2014 to progress the $2.8 billion delivery of 65 next generation intercity trains, due to start carrying customers from 2019.
- $61.7 million being spent across the NSW TrainLink Intercity networks to renovate stations.
- $63 million to progress the ‘Fixing the Trains’ program, reforming rail maintenance and improve customer satisfaction across the train network.
- $64 million towards refurbishing the Tangara fleet to boost reliability.
- $8.6 million to purchase 19 new buses to grow the bus fleet and replace older buses being retired.
- $67.2 million state-wide commitment for community transport for people who cannot use regular public transport to access facilities and services.
Image courtesy Roads and Maritime Services