Matters of State: Dubbo electorate a winner in state budget

Last week the NSW Treasurer handed down the 2017 State Budget. 

The Dubbo electorate was big winner.

MUDGEE HOSPITAL PROJECT

It was smiles all round in Mudgee and surrounds with a multi-million injection breathing life into the new hospital project. 

$8 million was committed in the budget to be spent this financial year.

This money will boost planning efforts and now a lead design team has been appointed it won’t be long before a shovel is in the ground officially kicking off this exciting project.

DUBBO’S HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT CONTINUES

The massive redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital had a $43.5 million top up to keep the project rolling along this year. 

The crane is in the sky and the hard hats are on heads with stages 3 & 4 of the redevelopment going from milestone to milestone.

NEW SERVICE NSW CENTRE AT WELLINGTON

More great news out of the budget was the Wellington is set to be the location of a Service NSW centre. 

This will make it easier for the people of Wellington to access hundreds of government transactions from roads and maritime transactions, to seniors cards applications, Housing NSW payments, fair trading licences, birth certificate applications and hundreds more. 

Wellington’s Service NSW will also continue to provide driving testing.

MORE FUNDS FOR ZOO PROGRAMS

Taronga Western Plains Zoo was allocated $7.7 million to continue with their program of enhancements offering visitors a more diverse and fun experience. 

By boosting the tourism economy we are also boosting our local economies. 

Tourists stay in our motels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our shops, boosting tourism and tourist attractions has many flow on economic benefits.

$38m TOWARDS OUR ROADS

Roads were also a big winner in the budget with almost $38 million allocated for works and upgrades on the Golden and Newell Highways and allocation of $972,000 to continue with planning on Dubbo’s new $140 million bridge. Other road maintenance and upgrade projects also received allocations as part of the budget.

REGIONAL GROWTH FUND

We have also announced the establishment of the Regional Growth Fund. 

This $1.2 Billion fund will stimulate regional economies, including ours, and is designed to provide targeted investment to boost business activity, increase productivity and make a real difference to our communities.​

BUDGET TIME: NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet with Troy Grant on budget day last week. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

BUDGET TIME: NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet with Troy Grant on budget day last week. Photo: CONTRIBUTED