Cowra a big budget winner with boosts to infrastructure

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has described the NSW budget as one for the bush.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has described the NSW budget as one for the bush.

Cowra is one of the big winners under the NSW state government's 2019-2020 budget.

The shire will receive a total of $106.5 million in funding for a number of infrastructure projects that will benefit not only local residents but other regional centres.

Thirty-two million dollars will be spent over three years to investigate the augmentation of Wyangala Dam, $70.2 million will be spent on the Cowra Hospital with construction to begin before 2023 and $4.3 million will be spent on new glasshouse facilities at the Cowra Ag Research Station.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, described the NSW 2019-2020 budget as a "Budget for the bush".

"Our Government made record commitments during the election and I am proud today to see us getting on with it, delivering, without the addition of a single tax," she said.

"This is a Budget that recognises the diversity in regional economies, supporting our local business people, nurses, police, teachers, youth and our farmers.

"These local infrastructure projects are bold, and they represent hundreds of millions of dollars. We need to ensure we invest in planning, important groundwork and consultation and that is exactly what we're seeing in this Budget," she added.

Ms Cooke said it was particularly pleasing to see a new Cowra hospital locked in to the Budget Papers.

"This is such an exciting moment, with the hospital appearing in the Budget papers for the first time," she said.

"This is a huge result for the Cowra community, and I am so excited to witness how this massive and much-deserved undertaking takes shape.

"There is so much planning, consultation and listening which will need to take place before as much as a screwdriver is put to use, and it's vital that all the t's are crossed and i's dotted.

"This Budget announcement is the first milestone on what will be a lengthy journey, and I'm delighted to have Cowra Shire Council and the Western NSW Local Health District on the journey with us," she said.

While the funding is good news for Cowra not everything is rosy in the budget, with write downs to both stamp duty and GST affecting the budget's bottom line.

The surplus for 2018-19 has almost halved, from $1.4 billion 12 months ago to just $802 million by the end of this financial year.

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