Tweed MP Geoff Provest.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest.

Tweed's lot not all that flash

RESIDENTS of the Tweed Coast as well as students and staff at the Tweed River High School will benefit from a multi-million- dollar cash injection from yesterday's NSW Budget.

But the budget that will see another $2.31 million allocated for the continued upgrade of Tweed River High School's science, art, and industrial design classrooms as well as a new computer lab, and cash for foundation works for the long-awaited Health One NSW outreach service at Pottsville, doesn't go far enough to accommodate the growth of the shire, according to the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

“It is good to see the money to start the health outreach service at Pottsville, and the budget does start to acknowledge the unique position that the Tweed is when it comes to health, education, roads and transport,” Mr Provest said.

“But there is only $40 million set aside to go towards the Banora Point Upgrade at Sexton Hill, which is five times less than what the Federal Government put in.

“I guess the money means they can start the upgrade, but there is still the fact that the southern interchange and other elements that will improve local traffic flows have not been costed, so the money is to really improve the road for through-traffic.”

Projects promised in previous budgets and election campaigns have been left out of the budget that will create a net government debt in the vicinity of $15.1 billion by 2011 and an anticipated deficit of $990 million in 2009/10.

“There is $200,000 in planning money for the new Tweed Heads police station, which is a modest start, but a start nonetheless.

“The $2.3 million to complete the previously announced upgrade of Tweed River High is also welcome, but is too modest compared with the Federal Government's investment in Tweed schools.

“There is no mention at all of the new trade school at Kingscliff TAFE which Labour promised in the last state election.”

While the future of planned downgrades at the Murwillumbah Hospital is unknown, the Budget includes $198,400 for one, full-time and part-time nurse for The Tweed Hospital Emergency Department, Mr Provest said.

The Budget also gives $110 million to the completed co-generation electricity project at Condong and $5.5 million for the continuation of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project.



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