NSW Budget allocations for the Tweed
SURFING Australia's High Performance Centre at Casuarina is one of the few local winners from this week's NSW Budget, with the facility set to receive $3 million this financial year.
Other winners included in the Budget, handed down by Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian on Tuesday, include the Tweed Hospital, which has been allocated the first $12 million of its redevelopment.
Tweed Byron LAC police have also been allocated $12 million towards the building of their new headquarters in Tweed Heads.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the funding delivered on his commitments to the electorate.
"We're keeping our election promises and helping make the Tweed a healthier, safer and better educated place," Mr Provest said.
"In 2016-17 the Government will invest more than $12 million each for the Tweed Hospital and new police station.
"Funding for school education continues to increase because the Nationals Education Minister was the first to sign up to Gonski a few years back.
"There is $3 million for the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina, cementing the Tweed's position as the surfing capital of the North Coast."
Mr Provest said funding had also been allocated to upgrade specific roads, including Clothiers Creek Road, the Tweed Valley Way exit to Tumbulgum, and better footpaths in Tweed Heads and Banora Point.
Mr Provest said the Baird Government had now paid back almost all of Labor's debt thanks to $3 billion-a-year surpluses.
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George, whose electorate includes Murwillumbah, said he was also pleased with the Budget, which delivered a $3.4 billion surplus in 2015/16 and a $3.7 billion surplus forecast for 2016/17.
He said the Budget included more than $75 million for the Lismore Base Hospital upgrade as well as:
- $6.848 million to Lismore, Tweed, Tenterfield & Kyogle councils for local road maintenance
- $5 million to commence construction of the new Tabulam Bridge
- $2.6 million for continued planning for the upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill
- $2.4 million for works on the Summerland Way & Bruxner Highway
- $1.273 million social housing upgrades
- $1.4 million community transport
- School maintenance funding has been doubled throughout the State. This will be specifically identified and allocated over coming months.