The NSW Budget has completely ignored country and regional NSW, the Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said.

Mr George said he was disappointed to learn that, again, there is no funding allocated to:

  • Stage 3 of the Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment
  • The Murwillumbah Hospital to maintain and improve services
  • A 24-hour Police Station in Murwillumbah
  • The Woodenbong to Legume Road
  • Improved dental care services
  • An increase in electricity rebate for seniors and pensioners
  • Funding of IPTAAS for the abolishment of the administration charge

“Furthermore, the Rees Government has failed to invest in the vital Casino to Murwillumbah rail service to get this area moving again, both in transport and economic terms,” Mr George said.

“The Government has completely overlooked this area, as if it doesn’t exist.

“Although Treasurer Eric Roozendaal announced a Community Building Partnership Program, it remains to be seen as to whether this is an additional program, or it will mean the cancellation of existing funding programs.”

Mr George said the Treasurer has simply re-announced projects which have already started:

  • $16.8 million to complete the development of the Lismore Hospital Integrated Cancer Centre
  • $ 4.5 million to progress new works and the completion of the Cardiac Catheterisation Unit at Lismore Hospital

“This Budget is just one big déjà vu,” Mr George said.

“Despite many pleas from myself, my colleagues from the Coalition and from Northern Rivers residents, the Rees Government has, again, turned a blind eye to the needs of the communities of the Northern Rivers.

“This budget proves that there is an absolute lack of commitment on behalf of the Rees Government to regional NSW.

“In contrast to Labor’s incompetence and disrespect for our regional and rural communities, the NSW Liberal/Nationals are committed to the forgotten families NSW. Labor’s att