Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital to benefit from the Rural Health Infrastructure Program announced as part of the 2018-19 NSW budget.
Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP has welcomed the budget, saying he believes it will benefit the people of the Upper Hunter Electorate, both directly and through broader funding to State.
“Much of what was announced in this budget was confirmation of previously announced funding, coming from such funding programs as the Resource for Regions and the Fixing Country Roads, and which represents over $160 million in Restart NSW funding programs for our Upper Hunter Electorate,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This is a service delivery budget that aims to ease the pressure on individuals and families, to strength and provide for businesses, and offer new opportunities for the rural and regional NSW, and the wider state.
Some of these include:
“Locally, we have specifically seen budget measures for $3.5 Million for the Muswellbrook Hospital Upgrade Redevelopment, $12.5 Million for Social Housing building and upgrades, and $3.4 Million for Water Monitoring,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Upper Hunter will also benefit from $5 million budgeted for the Rural Health Infrastructure Program, which will see upgrades and refurbishments for Scone, Gloucester and Dungog Hospitals in areas such as emergency departments, bathrooms, waiting areas, wards and treatment spaces at smaller rural hospitals.
“The Nationals in Government have also further enhanced the highly successful Service NSW Centres with two new initiatives designed specifically to allow individuals and families with cost of living, including a “one-click energy switch” which allow consumer to find and switch to the best energy deals in the market, and a new cost-of-living service, which is a one-stop-shop available online or over-the-phone, to promote easy access to available rebates and concessions across government,” he said.
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