Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.

Coffs Harbour earns its share of the State Budget

MEMBER for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser says the State Budget will boost infrastructure and services in the electorate bringing significant investments in health and roads.

Mr Fraser said the highlights included a record $1.2 billion in the 2014/15 budget to continue to the jointly funded duplication of the Pacific highway to four lanes.

On a local level, Coffs Harbour will see $2 million in funding to begin construction on the $7.6 million car park for the Coffs Harbour Health Campus,

"I am delighted that we can finally get underway on expanding the carpark at Coffs Hospital, Mr Fraser said.

Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

"The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is also supporting businesses to grow with a further reduction to WorkCover premiums, with employers to benefit from an average premium rate reduction of 5%.

He said the Pacific Highway upgrade has received a record $1.2 billion to continue the joint funded duplication of the highway to four lanes.

The projects include:

  • $220 million to commence construction of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina (State and Federal funded)
  • $190 million to continue construction of the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Nambucca Heads and Urunga (State and Federal funded)
  • $20 million to complete construction of the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour (Sapphire) and Woolgoolga (State and Federal funded)
The Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.
The Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade. Trevor Veale

Mr Fraser said the 2014/15 NSW Budget is powerfully positioned to deliver the services people are right to expect.

"When we came to office in 2011 - New South Wales lagged on all economic fronts," he said. 

"We were lagging on jobs growth, productivity, housing approvals and business confidence.

"In three short years we have seen New South Wales rise again to become the powerhouse of the nation - we are growing three times the rate of Queensland and Victoria, housing approvals are at their highest levels in over a decade and the unemployment rate is the second lowest in the nation.

He said an additional $100,000 was available to the Coffs Harbour electorate through the Community Building Partnership program.

"This will allow more community groups and councils to receive funding that will provide positive social, recreational and environmental outcomes in the local community." 

Applications close on Friday, July 18 and can be made by clicking here.



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