NSW Budget 2017: Hopes for funds to start mental health unit construction

Stewart Dowrick, David Bedingfeld, Alan Pretty and Leslie Williams in February 2017 inspect the schematic design for the expanded mental health unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
Stewart Dowrick, David Bedingfeld, Alan Pretty and Leslie Williams in February 2017 inspect the schematic design for the expanded mental health unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

The State Budget will be delivered on June 20.

Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams says she is hopeful that the Budget will include funding for the start of construction on the new mental health unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

“Planning and design works have been completed and funding in the Budget will mean construction could commence in the upcoming financial year,” she said.

“The announcement today of a record $4.2 billion for new and existing school projects across the state including a major upgrade for new classrooms at Lake Cathie Public School is fantastic news.”

Meanwhile, in the Oxley electorate, an upgrade is earmarked at Wauchope Public School to provide additional permanent teaching spaces.

Oxley MP Melinda Pavey is hopeful of a funding announcement in the State Budget for new classrooms.

Student numbers are growing at Wauchope Public School with 750 students enrolled in 2017.