The Port Macquarie electorate will benefit from improvements in areas of health, roads and police infrastructure projects.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the expansion of the carpark at Port Macquarie Base Hospital has been one of her highest priorities.
"It is a very welcome inclusion in the Budget with $5 million towards the $11.5 million cost to provide hundreds of additional car parking spaces," she said.
“Today’s funding announcement which will see land purchased and the existing carpark reconfigured will ensure staff and visitors can easily find a parking spot at the hospital.
“Although an additional 200 spaces were created in 2012, our hospital has grown substantially in recent years and as anyone visiting the hospital will tell you trying to find a car park can be difficult at times.
There is also additional funding of $2.6 million for the ongoing construction of the new Mental Health Unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
“The new mental health unit will double the number of mental health beds and enhance the care provided to all patients including improving the capacity to provide care to older and younger persons," said Ms Williams.
$11.65 million has been allocated for the road realignment of the Oxley Highway at Spencers Cutting with an additional $3.2 million for road and maritime service improvements including $238,000 to construct 200 metres of elevated boardwalk in the Camden Haven.
These budget allocations are on top of the earlier announcement of a new Police Station for Port Macquarie.
$1.1 million is also included in the Budget for the planning of a new multi-million dollar police station which will be a modern purpose built facility for our hardworking police officers to prevent and disrupt crime.
Other local projects announced in the Budget include;
- $7 million to finalise the Pacific Highway upgrade between the Oxley Highway and Kundabung
- $5.7 million for new and upgraded social housing
- $1 million for Aboriginal housing