LISMORE ELECTORATE BUDGET WINS
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP is pleased with today’s record NSW Budget.
The NSW Government today unveiled a robust 2017-18 Budget position that will continue record levels of investment in social infrastructure like hospitals and schools, laying the foundations for communities across New South Wales to flourish.
The NSW Budget 2017-18 shows New South Wales is expected to record a surplus of $4.5 billion in 2016-17, with a surplus of $2.7 billion forecast for 2017-18 and average surpluses of $2.0 billion forecast over the four years to 2020-21.
“This Budget continues our commitment to Lismore Base Hospital Stages 3a & 3b, with over $27 million this financial year to continue the redevelopment and $5 million towards the $52 million Stage 3c, which includes the ICU,” Mr George said.
The Far North Coast community will benefit from round-the-clock availability of the NSW Ambulance helicopters located at the Lismore base, thanks to funding for an additional doctor and paramedic.
“This funding will be used to recruit an additional medical team of doctor and paramedic for our helicopter base to operate 24/7,” Mr George said.
Funds have been allocated to develop and improve the educational offering for local high school students in Lismore & Murwillumbah.
The project part of the NSW Government’s record commitment to education across the state, which will see a record $4.2 billion invested into new and existing school projects over the next four years.
“I look forward to working with the school communities to ensure we are providing the best learning opportunities for local students.”
In addition to health and education, the following funding has been provided –
- $5.514 million to Lismore, Tweed, Tenterfield & Kyogle councils for local road maintenance;
- $23.963 million to continue construction of the new Tabulam Bridge;
- $17 million to commence construction for the upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill;
- $3 million for the replacement of Korns Crossing Bridge, Murwillumbah Queensland Border Road;
- $1.7 million for pavement repair on the Summerland Way, Wiangaree;
- $1.487 million social housing upgrades;
- $2.93 million community transport