Moree’s big budget wins

Moree Plains Shire mayor Katrina Humphries and MP Adam Marshall.
Moree Plains Shire mayor Katrina Humphries and MP Adam Marshall.

Moree’s State Emergency Service (SES) building and road networks have been highlighted for funding in the 2017-18 NSW Budget package announced today in State Parliament.

Across the Northern Tablelands $1.23 million has also been allocated to upgrade Aboriginal housing, $1.84 million to upgrade social housing and $46 million to fund roadworks.

Moree Plains Shire Council and Gwydir Shire Council will receive upward of $1.8 million for road maintenance.

The Newell Highway has been allocated $2.5 million for overtaking lanes, $100,000 for upgrades to pavement north of Moree and $940,000 to upgrade pavement south of Moree.

$23 million will go towards planning and commencement of construction of the Newell Highway heavy duty pavement upgrade between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla.

$4 million will be put towards the replacement of a bridge over Nee Nee Creek, north of Moree.

Also, a new Service NSW centre will be built in Moree.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said major transformative works, plus dozens of smaller projects, have seen $220 million in funding invested in his electorate.

“Every single person across the region is a winner in today’s budget.

“From our largest towns to our smallest villages, this budget will fund projects that will build and renew infrastructure, provide new and enhanced services and make life easier for residents across the Northern Tablelands,” he said.

Mr Marshall highlighted the major works to increase vehicle weight limits around Moree and Boggabilla, and provide additional overtaking lanes.

“While repairing roads in regional NSW is a never-ending task, this budget will help replace old and outdated bridges, rework hazardous sections of road and provide additional overtaking lanes to improve safety for all drivers.

Commenting on the overall budget, Mr Marshall said the budget acknowledged the vital role NSW has on the economy of the nation.

“This budget proves that NSW leads the nation in developing infrastructure and responsible spending. With a budget surplus, our state has the financial security necessary to encourage business growth and push major projects forward.

“The Northern Tablelands is a vital driver of the state’s cultural and economic landscape. This record $220 million budget will help move our region forward – and I’ll ensure we keep that momentum going across the next 12 months.”