NSW budget 2017: What's in it for the Hunter

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.

DESPITE a record surplus as the government reaps the rewards of asset sales, the Hunter has largely missed out in this year’s state budget.

Most of the spending earmarked for the Hunter is for projects the government has previously committed to.

Key highlights in the 2017-18 budget

$206 million for Newcastle Light Rail

$29 million for the New England Highway Scone bypass and $23.4 million totowards Cormorant Road, Industrial Drive to Stockton Bridge (state and federally funded

$12 million to widen the rail underpass for the New England Highway, Gowrie Gates

$5 million in 2017-18 for the upgrade of the New England Highway, Belford to Golden Highway upgrade planning

Continuing works on Rutherford Public and Belmont High schools

$5 million towards building a new hospital at Maitland with an estimated total cost of $450 million

Continuing work on the Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment with $13 million

Additional prison capacity at Cessnock Correctional Centre with an investment of $587 million for more than 1000 prison beds

$75 million in total Restart NSW funding for the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund

Continuing works on the relocation of V8 Supercar Championship Grand Finale to Newcastle

$43 million to remediate Newcastle BHP sites

$7 million to undertake urgent repair works across seven sites within the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme

$700,000 for Environment Protection Authority PFAS strategy including Williamtown

$11.8 million to continue work on the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor between Hexham to Fassifern

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