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No big surprises for the Upper Hunter in the NSW Budget, but plenty of delivery


No big surprises for the Upper Hunter in the 2021/22 NSW Budget, but there is plenty of delivery on what was promised. 

For the Upper Hunter region:

  • $2 million for phase 2 of design and construction of a multi-trades workshop and storage facility at Scone Connected Learning Centre
  • $7.0 million in 2021-22 (as part of a $45.0 million project) for the commencement of the Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment Stage 3
  • $24.7 million for detailed planning and site assessments for a pipeline between Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam (including $11.1 million from the Commonwealth Government)
  • $0.4 million in 2021-22 (as part of $0.7 million State funding) for White Park Power Upgrade in Upper Hunter (grants administered by the Department of Regional NSW to boost local economy)
  • $2.5 million in 2021-22 ($12.0 million over two years) for a new Singleton Police Station to accommodate increasing police numbers in the Hunter Valley Police District and incorporate provide modern policing facilities
  • $26.2 million in 2021-22 to commence construction of the New England Highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway, including grade separation of the Golden Highway intersection
  • $14.0 million in 2021-22 to continue planning and design for the New England Highway Singleton Bypass which will deliver safer, more efficient journeys for thousands of motorists every day (State and Federal Funded)
  • $14.1 million to continue planning, design and pre-construction for the Muswellbrook bypass to improve travel times for long haul freight movements, and safety for all road users on the New England Highway
  • $4.4 million in 2021-22 (as part of a $18.9 million Restart package) for Water Security in the Upper Hunter
  • $3.3 million in 2021-22 as ongoing spend on upgrade works at Muswellbrook South Public School

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Government is once again delivering for the regions.

“Off the back of devastating drought, bushfires and floods, there has never been a more crucial time to support regional NSW with funding for transport, education, health and tourism. This budget has a strong focus on job creating infrastructure projects to ensure local economies remain strong and regional NSW continues to be a fantastic place to live and work,” said the Deputy Premier.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell is very happy with the NSW Budget delivery for his electorate.

“Thanks to the NSW Liberals and Nationals, the 2021-22 NSW Budget provides substantial funding for the Hunter region across major road infrastructure, water security projects, police stations, hospitals and TAFE education facilities.”   

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