Coffs infrastructure funded in state budget
LOCAL infrastructure appears to be a winner in the State Budget.
More than $73 billion in infrastructure investment has been forecast over the next four years in the 2016-17 NSW Budget.
Health, education and family and community services also received boosts.
The 2016-17 Budget has reported a surplus of $3.4 billion in 2015-16.
The budget forecasts an even higher surplus of $3.7 billion in 2016-17 and surpluses across the forward estimates.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the surplus is the result of financial discipline.
"The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has shown financial discipline and economic competence to turn this state around from the days of Labor, making possible a Budget that will make a positive difference to the lives of all people in NSW, including residents of the Coffs Harbour electorate," he said.
"The 2016-17 Budget delivers record investments in key services including a record $21 billion investment in health services, a record $13.3 billion on school education services, and a record $8.1 billion to ensure community safety."
Infrastructure projects funded in the 2016-17 Budget in the Coffs Harbour electorate include:
- $5 million for the Coffs Harbour Campus of the North Coast Institute of TAFE for an Applied Construction and Plumbing Technologies Hub
- As the Clinical Services plan has now been completed, planning money for the $156 million upgrade of the Coffs Harbour Hospital has been provided in the budget
- The replacement of a Fisheries Offshore Patrol Vessel at a cost of $2.5 million
- $5 million to complete planning of the Pacific Hwy bypass of Coffs Harbour
- Over $100 million for the completion of the Pacific Hwy north of Woolgoolga