Jun 22 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Labor candidate for Monaro Bryce Wilson says Member for Monaro John Barilaro has failed to deliver real gains beyond ‘business as usual’ for the Monaro.

In his first Budget as the Deputy Premier of NSW, Mr Wilson says its disappointing to see many of the announcements appear to be ‘reheats’ and ‘catch ups’.

He added the first Budget has done little to ease the increased cost of living associated with higher power prices.

Mr Wilson says in an alarming development, Cooma Hospital has been listed in the budget papers alongside other privatised regional hospitals, including Shellharbour and Goulburn.

These hospitals were part of a surprise announcement last year that their promised upgrades would now be privatised.

A once in a life time investment in the Monaro is what Mr Barilaro has promised.

Hundreds of millions of dollars has been allocated in the Budget towards local education, roads, health and police projects.

Jun 21 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

A once in a life time investment in the Monaro is what Member for Monaro John Barilaro has promised after yesterdays budget.

Hundreds of millions of dollars has been allocated in the Budget towards local education, roads, health and police projects across the Monaro.
  
Budget big ticket items include tens of millions of dollars to be spent upgrading Monaro schools including; Monaro High School, Jindabyne Central School and Braidwood Central School.  

Cooma Hospital will receive a 10million dollar upgrade, with 1.5million allocated in the budget to begin works.

Mr Barilaro says the re-development is a game changer for the community. Works will include a revamp of the Emergency Department, the maternity ward and radiology services, as well as see a new ambulatory care centre.

Upgrades to roads include 1 million dollars for the Monaro Highway pavement upgrade south of Nimmitabel and 1.5 million to upgrade overtaking lanes and safety improvements for the Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road.

Jun 21 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Member for Eden Monaro Dr Mike Kelly has slammed Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg, after he joked about the threat climate change will bring to the local ski industry in Parliment on Monday.

Dr Kelly says the ski industry is half the economy of the Monaro, worth $2billion a year and supports 18,000 local jobs. There's nothing to joke about.

He added the time has come for the Turnbull Government to work towards addressing the issues of planning for the new grid and managing the National Energy Market.

Recently, Dr Kelly had the opportunity to talk to Snowy Hydro about their plans for expanding their pumped hydro capacity.

Snowy Hydro are seeking feasibility funding from ARENA and they'll be raising funding for the construction phase purely on their own initiative.

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