NSW budget 2017-18: wins on the Mid North Coast

Health and infrastructure projects have received a budget boost on the Mid North Coast.

A total of $23.0 million has been committed to build a new hospital in Macksville while $10.6 million will go towards the Port Macquarie Hospital mental health expansion.  More details here:

Across the Port Macquarie electorate schools, roads and health were the big winners...read on.

Further upgrades to the Pacific Highway were not overlooked with $5.0 million to go towards planning the long-awaited Coffs Harbour bypass.  Over $100 million has been allocated for the difficult stretch between the Oxley Highway and Kundabung.

Further north, the Pacific Highway upgrade from Woolgoolga to Ballina has been allocated $1.2 billion.

Communities across the coast will also be pleased to hear the NSW Government will invest $100 million into palliative care services across the state.

Looking further afield the budget announcement has sparked claims of pork-barrelling before the 2019 election with Coalition-held seats in line for twice the number of school infrastructure projects than Labor-held seats.