State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP announces that the following Program Funding was allocated specifically for the Cessnock Electorate in the 2016-2017 Budget handed down yesterday by the Treasurer:
- $2,800,000 for pavement rebuilding on Wine Country Drive at Nulkaba
- $890,000 for pavement resurfacing on Putty Road between Mount Thorley and Mellong
- $200,000 for a pedestrian crossing facility on Lang Street between Mitchell Avenue and Merthyr Street, Kurri Kurri
- $500,000 funds in addition to last year’s $2,000,000 allocation to install 2 lane roundabout at intersection of Maitland Road and Duffie Drive, Cessnock
- $1,400,000 for installation of median safety barrier along Leggetts Drive, south of Lieberts Lane, Brunkerville
- $1,170,000 for shoulder widening, installation of kerbside safety barrier, and reshaping curve on John Renshaw Drive, west of Averys Lane, Buchanan
- $500,000 for installation of median safety barrier along the Pacific Motorway west of George Both Drive overpass, Seahampton
- $500,000 for shoulder widening and installation of kerbside safety barrier on Putty Road, north of Old Convict Road, Howes Valley.
“There are also funds allocated from Transport for NSW for both Cessnock Community Transport Inc and Coalfields Neighbour Care to continue many community programs totalling $722,000” Mr Barr said.
“I am extremely disappointed that there has been no funding allocated by the Government to purchase 40 blocks of land surrounding the Butterfly Cave at West Wallsend which is needed to protect this sacred Aboriginal Place”.
“I am also extremely disappointed that there is no money for a new Police Station in Cessnock. The current station has not changed since before the current Police Minister was stationed there in his previous career so I will keep lobbying the Government for this Station to be upgraded” Mr Barr said.