MPs speak out on eve of NSW budget
NORTH Coast Nationals MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George agree that hospital funding, more police and the resurrection of rail services top their wish-lists for tomorrow night's State Budget.
“I recognise NSW Treasury coffers are bare, but ... NSW Labor is about to pocket a windfall $10 million a year from Tweed motorists from the imminent abolition of the local fuel subsidy scheme,” Member for Tweed Mr Provest said. “Health is naturally our top priority. The Tweed Hospital desperately needs extra resources, and it is about time Labor kept its 2007 election promise to open a Health One Centre in Pottsville.”
Member for Lismore Mr George called on the NSW Labor Government to support a number of Murwillumbah projects, including money to maintain and improve services at the hospital, and a 24-hour police station for the town.
He also asked for “urgent” funding increases for community preschools and dental-care services in his electorate, and the reinstatement of the Casino-Murwillumbah rail service.
Mr Provest said he wanted to see more police officers on the Tweed and a full-time Water Police presence for the Tweed River.
He also said Sexton Hill was a top priority.
“While the Sexton Hill Pacific Highway upgrade is inching forward thanks to Federal Government funding, there remains a shortfall of approximately $100 million, which is clearly the State Government's re- sponsibility to meet,” Mr Provest said.
He said the community had made it clear they wanted the rail services back and were demanding “the Government get to work on planning the link from Murwillumbah to the Gold Coast”.