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What’s in the NSW budget for the Clarence Valley?

Geoff Helisma

Iluka ambulance station: listed to start in 2020, completed in 2022, $5m of the $10m total cost has been allocated in the 2020/21 budget.

Grafton ambulatory care centre at Grafton Base Hospital (GBH): started in 2015, due for completion in 2021 at a total cost of $17.5m – $3.079m allocated to complete the project.

The ambulatory care centre was opened in August 2020 and provides renal dialysis, oncology, obstetrics and gynaecology clinics and fracture clinics.

There is no specific mention of the $263.8m GBH redevelopment; however, there is $50m for fast-tracking health projects in Coraki, Grafton, Macksville, Manning, Lismore and Armidale.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the project was, however, on track for planning to be completed in this term of government, which ends in March 2023.

Clarence Correctional Centre: started in 2016, due for completion in 2021: $20.2 million in 2020-21 towards the state’s $92,235,000 total contribution, to finalise the completion of the Clarence Correctional Centre, a $798.8 million Private Public Partnership project that has been operational since July 1, 2020.

Grafton railway station, one of 62 stations to be upgraded; funding allocation: this budget allocates $902.7 million over the next four years, including $243.1 million in 2020-21, to continue the program.

Harwood Marine Precinct: $1.9 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $3.8 million project) for connecting the Harwood Marine Precinct to the Pacific Highway.

Completion of the highway upgrade (Woolgoolga to Ballina), $341,901,000.

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