BUILDING FOR TOMORROW, DELIVERING FOR TODAY
This state budget will be the last before the election in March of 2019. This was the Dominic Perrottet’s 2nd Budget but it was delivered with the confidence and skill of someone who‘s been doing the job for a long time.
The budget can be best summed up by the sub-heading to this article, building for tomorrow, delivering for today. That is as the Treasurer said, “The coalition advantage”.
This budget delivers another surplus and a record high $87.2 billion for infrastructure.
For the Hunter, the key highlights are:
■ continued investment in the construction of the $470.0 million Maitland Hospital with $23.5 million allocated in 2018-19
■ $9.1 million in 2018-19 as part of the $40.0 million Manning Base Hospital Redevelopment
■ funding as part of the Rural Health Infrastructure Program to undertake upgrade of facilities at Dungog, Scone and Gloucester.
■ establishing a Family Care Centre Hub in Taree.
Roads and infrastructure investment in 2018-19 including:
■ $38.0 million to continue the New England Highway Scone Bypass
■ $48.1 million for heavy vehicle safety and productivity and flood alleviation works on the Golden Highway
■ $16.3 million to continue upgrading the intersection of the M1 Pacific Motorway with John Renshaw Drive and Weakleys Drive
■ $8.3 million to commence upgrades at Nelson Bay road and plan for future improvements.
■ school upgrades including Hunter Sports High School and Bolwarra Public School
■ funding for TAFE Connected Learning Centres at Scone and Singleton.
Vibrant visitor economy:
■ $3.0 million from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to go towards the Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Tourism Facility
■ $7.1 million over four years for the Tomaree Coastal Walk.
■ $10.7 million in 2018-19 to continue the upgrade of the Taree Police Station
This is on top of the billions that is already being spent in our city and region over the years and the work that is still continuing.
Despite this, we know that the Labor Party will be out and about telling people that they weren’t given enough, the jobs being undertaken are the wrong ones, etc. They will be leading people on with half truths and misdirection and they will always find a way to blow an issue out of proportion.
But we know the truth, that we have a State Government that took us from the worst performing state in the Commonwealth into the best, from a State rife with corruption and economic hardship to the engine room of the Australian economy where people come to find work and start a family.
This budget builds for tomorrow and delivers for today.