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What the State Budget means for the Shoalhaven

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Yesterday's NSW State Budget included funding for several key Shoalhaven projects.

Highlights for the Shoalhaven and Illawarra include:

EDUCATION

• $18.4 million in 2022-23 to relocate Budawang School.

• $5.8 million in 2022-23 to establish a new primary school in South Nowra/Worrigee.

• $1.0 million in 2022-23 to continue major upgrades at Bomaderry High School.

HEALTH

Continued delivery of the:

• $721.9 million New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services and carpark.

• $438.0 million redevelopment for the Shoalhaven Hospital.

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REGIONAL NSW

Grants to boost local economies, including:

• $8 million to deliver the first stage of the Southern Community and Recreation Precinct.

• $3.8 million to upgrade four showgrounds in Shoalhaven.

• $2.8 million to establish an Aboriginal-led land management team in Shoalhaven.

TRANSPORT

• $1.9 billion over four years to continue the transformation of the Princes Highway south of Nowra including to continue planning priority projects such as the Milton
Ulladulla Bypass, Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet Upgrade Stage 1 and Jervis Bay Road Intersection (state and federally funded).

• $119.5 million to continue planning for upgrades of Picton Road to improve safety and connectivity as a key link for the Illawarra Region, South Coast, Sydney, Canberra,
and Melbourne (state and federally funded).

• $44.2 million to continue construction of the Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River on the Princes Highway (state and federally funded).

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CUSTOMER SERVICE

• $3.9 million for the Mission Critical Emergency Services Messaging Program, for a centralised mission-critical emergency services paging network including upgrade and consolidation of existing agency networks into one whole-of-government paging network.

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT

• $1.7 million to deliver new and upgraded quality homes for First Nations people through the Aboriginal Housing Office.

“I am pleased to see this budget is truly delivering for the people of the South Coast," said South Coast MP Shelley Hancock.

"I welcome the $1 million upgrade to Bomaderry High school, $5.8 million for a new primary school in South Nowra to cater for increased student numbers, as well as continued funding for crucial health and education infrastructure across the electorate.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole, said the government was rolling out record investment in local services and community facilities, to support families and build a brighter future for regional NSW.

"The Budget will see even more investment in quality services and crucial infrastructure upgrades in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to help keep pace with the growth of South Coast communities,” he said.

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