Ballina MP Don Page says there are no real surprises in the NSW State Budget, with $170m being allocated for continued work on the Ballina Bypass and $25m for planning and pre-construction of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway.

“The Ballina Bypass is budgeted to cost $640m altogether and to be completed by 2012. $289m has already been spent and a further $170m will be spent this year. It’s a joint State/Federal project,” he said.

“Planning for the Ballina-Woodburn upgrade will continue with a small allocation of $2m in this budget.

“The Alstonville Bypass gets $35m from the Federal budget this year and construction is expected to be completed by 2010.

“The other significant allocation is $3.298m for an upgrade of Ballina TAFE.

“It was disappointing not to see any funds for an upgrade of Ballina Hospital’s surgery unit or the proposed new Byron Shire Central Hospital (land for this hospital at Ewingsdale has already been purchased).”

In summary the allocations for the Ballina Electorate are:

  • $170m for continuation of construction of the Ballina Bypass
  • $25m for planning and pre-construction of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway
  • $2m for further planning for the Woodburn to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway
  • $35 m (Federally funded) for ongoing construction of the Alstonville Bypass
  • $3.298m for upgrade of Ballina TAFE

Mr Page said there was also $27m allocated for the Integrated Cancer Care Unit at Lismore, which is a regional facility.