State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has welcomed some announcements for funding in today’s NSW Budget and her expressed disappointment that some projects missed out.
Ms Hornery welcomed the funding announcements for Stage 5 of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, the M1 Extension from Beresfield to Raymond Terrace and the John Hunter Hospital upgrade, which will see more than $90m committed to the projects this year and more than $1.5b during the construction period.
Ms Hornery expressed her disappointment at the lack of social housing supply for the Wallsend electorate, with the Government only committing a paltry $496,000 for the 2021/22 financial year.
Ms Hornery also expressed her disappointment at the lack of investment in school upgrades, with a pitiful $4000 being allocated to finalise the upgrade of Callaghan College at Jesmond.
“This Budget is a bit hit and miss for the Wallsend electorate,” said Ms Hornery.
“I am very pleased to see money allocated for some major projects, including the missing link of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and the much needed M1 extension.
“The money will allow for the start of the tender process for the Bypass and the beginning of construction in the new year.
“But what was most disappointing was the lack of investment in social housing.
“The paltry sum of $496,000 will build a couple of very small one or two bedroom properties.
“When we have a list that has over 1200 people waiting for a property and a 10 year wait time, it is beyond comprehension that this Government has not invested in building more social housing properties.
“Without investment in this sector, the level of homelessness in the electorate is going to skyrocket and I am very concerned for people who are left without any options,” Ms Hornery said.