Member for Wollongong, Paul Scully, has told NSW Parliament that the Wollongong economy needed a budget boost as youth unemployment increases, consumer spending falls and business investment evaporates.
In a press release, Mr Scully says, "The upcoming November NSW Budget was a good opportunity for the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government to strategically invest in strengthening the productivity of the Illawarra economy in health, road and rail infrastructure, and tourism and hospitality industry.
“These modest proposals are put forward because in almost every budget under this Government, total spending in the Wollongong electorate has fallen”, he said.
Mr Scully’s proposals to boost Wollongong’s economy include:
- Using locally produced, high-quality Port Kembla steel in taxpayer funded infrastructure projects across the state, including new roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and renewable energy projects;
- Allocating funding and fast-tracking upgrades to the Unanderra Station and Towradgi Stations;
- Progressing the upgrade of the Wollongong Entertainment Centre, especially as it will host the international UCI Road World Championships in 2022;
- Upgrading Picton Road to dual carriage, motorway standard and progressing the Maldon-Dombarton rail project to link Port Kembla and south-west and western Sydney forever; and,
- Replacing the ageing Port Kembla Hospital with a new, modern purpose built health facility and refurbishing the existing ‘ghost ward’ at Wollongong Hospital adding another 35 beds to help cut waiting times in emergency and elective surgery.
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