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 $240 million committed to the projects this year.
Ms Hornery expressed her disappointment at the lack of social housing supply for the Wallsend electorate.
Ms Hornery also expressed her disappointment at the lack of investment in school upgrades and no commitment to the Wallsend flood mitigation works.
“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 construction of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
“But what was most disappointing was the continued lack of investment in social housing.
“Once again, the Government has failed to invest in the significant build of new social housing 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.