Supporting Economic Growth in New England says Barnaby Joyce

13 May 2014



NEW England Electorate will benefit from the Abbott Government’s commitment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century with $87,630,000 for local projects announced in the 2014-15 Budget.


This is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to invest a record $50 billion in productivity-enhancing infrastructure in NSW which will create thousands of jobs, slash travel times and boost economic growth.


This means overall public and private infrastructure expenditure in NSW of $13.8 billion.  Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding will support much needed infrastructure projects in New England.


“They will bring job opportunities, boost our local economy and make our roads safer for motorists.”


Mr Joyce said that seven projects in the New England electorate will receive funding including:


  • New England Highway – Bolivia Hill Realignment: $80,000,000;
  • New England Highway – Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass: $3,300,000;
  • Armidale Airport Upgrade: $3,500,000;


The New England Electorate will also receive funding for priority community infrastructure including:


  • New England regional Art Museum Air Conditioning Upgrade: $250,000;
  • Kolora Aged Care Facility – Dementia Wing: $500,000; and,
  • Werris Creek Community Shed Facility: $80,000.


 “Projects like these will relieve pressure on existing infrastructure and unlock the economic capacity of New England, making it an even better place to live and do business,” Mr Joyce said.


Mr Joyce said New England would also benefit the funding injection of $300,000,000 for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.


The Abbott Government’s infrastructure package will drive growth and create jobs so that we can have a stronger, more prosperous economy in New England.


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