Wednesday 24 June 2015
The handing down of yesterday’s NSW Government Budget has resulted in a range of local infrastructure and community projects coming out as winners.
Mayor, Michael Britten said the Budget provided funding for vital Council services as well as opening the possibility for additional grant funding through numerous programs.
“It is certainly good news to hear of the State Government’s promise of $2.8 million for local road maintenance,” he said.
“Maintaining Council roads is an ongoing and costly exercise, so the promise of these funds is very welcome.
“Road users will also be happy to hear of significant funds going into the routine maintenance of State owned roads in the Shire.
“The Budget includes $140 million for the continuation of upgrades to the Princes Highway and $7.4 million for routine maintenance on State roads across the region.
“There was $3.7 million to complete the widening of bridge over Bemboka River on Snowy Mountains Highway and $1.7 million for curve realignment at on the Princes Highway at Frogs Hollow, as well as a share in the $2.3 million allocated for local State road improvements including drainage, signage and re-surfacing.
“It’s pleasing to hear of $2.4 million being allocated to Council for funding of natural disaster restoration works within the Shire.
“Councils are reliant on this funding for the restoration of services and infrastructure following extreme events so we are very pleased to be allocated these funds.
“Grant funded community projects are provided opportunities through specific funding into numerous State programs as well as the continuation of funds going to the Community Building Partnership program which allows community groups and councils to receive funding for social, recreational and environmental projects.
“While not a Council project it is also very good news to hear of $38.7 million for the continuation of works on the $187.1 million South East Regional Hospital which is scheduled to open next year.
“In terms of other State funding it is also very encouraging to have Council’s application to the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund advancing to the next stage.
“Merimbula airport is a key gateway that opens the Shire to major tourism spending, so additional funds for reinvigorating the airport are high on our list of requirements.
“We will read the Budget in greater detail, but at this stage it is pleasing that the Shire has fared well in receiving a sizable allocation of State funds,” Cr Britten said.