Budget 2012: What's in it for the Hunter

Hunter Expressway

Total funding $1.45 billion including $848 million 2011-12, $190 million 2012-13 and $8 million 2013-14.

Total funding of about $303 million, including $82 million in 2011-12, $59 million in 2012-13 and $26 million in 2013-14.

Hexham coal rail loop funding to completion this year at $24 million. Minimbah to Maitland third road, coal train rail expansion project, due to be finished in November at a cost of $362 million. Coal track improvements through the Liverpool Ranges will cost $284 million by the end of 2016, with $16 million spent so far. The federal government gave ARTC an ‘‘equity injection’’ of $2.37 billion in 2008-09 to be spent over six years.

$1.99 million for Kurri Kurri Community Health Care Centre expansion.

Hunter New England Health. $1.1 million for Tamworth hospital nuclear medicine upgrade.

Hunter winemakers to benefit from $2.9 million over two years in wine benchmarking and marketing activities.

Planning for national transport and high speed rail to receive $20 million over four years, comprising payments of $3 million in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and $7 million in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Hunter being promoted by the state government as one of four trial sites to be funded by $1 billion federal grants.

Gunnedah Rural Museum

$200,000 was given to the museum this year.

Roads to Recovery program

$4.1 billion over four years. Hunter councils expected to receive a share of funding for ‘‘local road’’ projects.

Black Spot Program extended by $300 million over five years to 2019

Hunter roads likely to receive funding from a program the government says reduces the community cost of road trauma by $7.70 for every $1 spent.

‘‘Gassy’’ mines in the Hunter could benefit from share of Coal Jobs Sector Package, worth $1.3 billion over five years. First payments made by June 30, 2012. Hunter coal companies also eligible for share of another $70 million over five years from Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package for carbon abatement projects.

Payments to steel companies of $300 million over six years. OneSteel received $64 million in February and more payments can be applied for.

Regional structural adjustment assistance

Hunter may benefit from $200 million package of compensation for workers, regions and communities that ’’remain strongly affected by the carbon price after other forms of assistance have been provided’’.

Hunter wages workers will not benefit from promised deduction, which has been shelved, raising an extra $2 billion for the Australian Tax Office between 2014 and 2016.

Hits on the Hunter

Commitment to developing inter-modal freight terminal at Moorebank in south western Sydney means Newcastle’s steelworks site container terminal is less likely to proceed because Moorebank terminal gives Port Botany greater capacity.

Hunter’s remaining dairy farms likely to pay more through increases to dairy service levy. Pig farmers will pay more through pig slaughter levy increases.

Wine Equalisation Tax. Changes to wine producer rebate to stop winemakers claiming multiple rebates, expected to save $10 million a year for four years.

Delays to Joint Strike Fighter – announced before budget – set to delay improvements to Williamtown RAAF base.

No funding for University of Newcastle inner-city campus.

No funding for Glendale transport interchange.

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