Last week I was excited to be down at Parliament to witness my first State Budget, and boy did it deliver for our region!
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'Boom time' was the headline used by one local media outlet.
The Dubbo electorate has witnessed unprecedented infrastructure funding since the NSW Nationals and Liberals came to Government in 2011, so the most pleasing thing about the 2019 Budget is that we have proved that investment in the region will continue.
We saw more than $100 million slated for health infrastructure alone, with $46.2 million for the Mudgee Hospital construction, $44.2 million for Stages 3 and 4 of the Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment, and $17.3 million for the Western Cancer Centre.
There's almost $60 million for transport infrastructure projects and $3.9 million for the Yawarra Community School (school for special purposes) in Dubbo.
There's also $17.6 million to enhance the visitor experience for Taronga Western Plains Zoo, to attract even more domestic and international visitors to our region, and $2.5 million for the Narromine Wetland Extension.
We've committed $18 million for overtaking lanes on the Mitchell Highway between Narromine and Dubbo, to improve safety for the hundreds of motorists who commute between the two centres on a daily basis.
Our region will also benefit from the $2.8 billion commitment towards the design, build and maintenance of the new regional rail fleet, which will include the new, purpose-built maintenance facility right here in Dubbo.
From next year, we'll be rolling out $35 million for the construction of the major new state-of-the-art police education and training facility at Dubbo.
I am proud to be your voice on the floor of the Parliament of NSW - delivering for the future of this great region - and my door is always open.
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