Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hunter Misses Out In Federal Budget

BY IAN CROUCH

Hunter infrastructure projects which have been on the drawing board for years have missed out in the Federal Budget.

There was no specific funding commitments to the Glendale Transport Interchange, the M1 Link to Raymond Terrace or the Scone and Muswellbrook bypasses, although the region is likely to gain a share of the $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance program over 10 years

However Defence spending in the region is getting more attention.

Another $1.8 billion dollars is going towards the new Joint Strike Fighter project at Williamtown, while new Air Combat Facilities at the base will receive $94 million on top of the $798 million already spent.

Money has also been allocated to air traffic control and aviation refueling infrastructure.

As we reported yesterday, Williamtown residents affected by the PFAS contamination crisis will benefit from a $55.2 million program to provide drinking water to communities living around the defence bases at Williamtown, Oakey, Tindal and Pearce.


Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers the 2018 Federal Budget


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