The NSW State Government has handed down the budget, with funding allocated to numerous projects for the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, and South Coast.
While the following is only a snapshot, funding for the Illawarra in the 21/22 NSW Budget includes:
- $300 million in funding now committed to the Mount Ousley Interchange, with $60 million committed by the NSW Government and more than $6 million in this budget to finalise planning
- More than $40 million to commence construction of the new Shellharbour Hospital and Carpark
- $13.7 million to upgrade Dapto Public School
- $1.3 million to upgrade Gwynneville Public School and Wollongong Public School
- $6.1 million to continue planning to build a crossing loop near Toolijooa, which will duplicate some of the rail line between Berry and Gerringong and add an additional platform at Bomaderry Station, resulting in more frequent services for South Coast customers
- $4 million to continue working with the National Faster Rail Agency to develop a business case for fast rail on the Sydney to Bomaderry corridor
- $2.65 million continues investment in the precinct with a new multi-agency steering committee driving the precinct development and completing customer-focused improvements at the Entertainment Centre including courtside seating, merchandise, corporate and premium facilities, alongside further back of house improvements
- More than $2 million will commence work on the 59km hike dubbed the Great Southern Walk – which will stretch from Botany Bay National Park in Sydney through the Royal National Park.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has welcomed this year’s State Budget with some major items earmarked for the Kiama Electorate. Funding has been allocated for the Albion Park Rail bypass and roads thru the Shoalhaven, starting work at the new Shellharbour Hospital, and an upgrade of Bomaderry High School. Mr Ward says Kiama, has received a jobs and business boost.
Minister for Local Government and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock welcomed the investment in the Illawarra, highlighting the NSW Government’s commitment to the region.
Ms Hancock said, “We’re getting on with the job of investing in the region and delivering for local communities, we are investing to keep NSW safe, as well as continue our recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, while transforming our state for today and the future."
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