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Hunter Budget Winners & Projects

A very Sydney-centric state budget has been handed today with $35-billion for 3 new metro lines and public transport and $5-billion for upgrading roads in western Sydney.

Comparatively, Regional NSW which is home to 3.2 million people, hasn’t received the big bucks, instead largely a continuation of funding for existing or planned projects.

Among the winners: funding for Muswellbrook, Singleton and Coffs Harbour bypasses, the M1 to Raymond Terrace extension, an upgrade to Port Macquarie hospital and Newcastle’s sacred butterfly cave saved.

Among our losers: Manning Base Hospital at Taree short-changed it’s in desperate need of significant injection for stages 2 and 3 and Singleton Police Station.

But a record spend of $5 billion on social housing and the bulk billing support initiative will be welcomed in northern New South Wales.


$1.4 billion for the M1 to Raymond Terrace extension and Hexham strait widening.

$462.9 million to continue construction of the Singleton bypass.

$442.7 million for planning and early work for the long-awaited Muswellbrook bypass.

$128.5 million for regional road upgrades and infrastructure at the Newcastle Port.

$59.4 million for a much-needed upgrade of Mandalong Road.

$275 million upgrade for Nelson Bay Road to Bob’s Farm.

$835 million for the John Hunter health and innovation precinct

$138 million for Cessnock hospital

$45 million for Muswellbrook hospital development stage 3

$7.7 for a new Charlestown fire station

More than $100 million for the new primary and high school for Huntlee.

School upgrades for Irrawang High and Hunter River High… and continued funding for a new high school at Medowie.

$15.2 million for mine rehabilitation and closure.

$50 million for the Regional development trust.

Newcastle’s Sacred Butterfly Cave finally protected.

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Jane Goldsmith

Jane Goldsmith is a journalist, newsreader and producer based in Newcastle and began working with NBN Television in 2001. Originally from Port Macquarie, Jane has worked in television news and radio and studied at the University of Newcastle.

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