The Peninsula is set to receive nearly $10M in new funding for infrastructure projects following the release of the NSW Government’s 2020-21 budget on Tuesday, November 17.
Key features of the budget include a $6.9M injection of funds to continue construction on several key sites around the area.
These include the intersection of Maitland Bay Dr and Picnic Pde, key intersection upgrades along Blackwall Rd, the major roundabout upgrade at the intersection of Memorial Ave, Maitland Bay Dr and Barrenjoey Rd and improvements along Brisbane Water Dr, one of the main access roads for the Peninsula.
Works along Blackwall Rd to benefit are the intersections at McMasters Rd, Allfield and Farnell Rds.
Woy Woy Station is also planned to be improved through a $1.2M initiative for improved all-weather access for trains.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the budget would include targeted and temporary stimulus to keep people in jobs and businesses afloat.
“By spending millions of dollars across the Central Coast, we will kick the local economy into high gear, while also helping families and individuals with the cost of living,” Crouch said.
Other initiatives on offer include 15 hours of free preschool per child per week for the entirety of 2021, and $100 worth of vouchers per person to help support local businesses.
The budget report also identified that free tutoring will be offered at every public school on the Peninsula in addition to an installation of energy-efficient LED lights in classrooms.
Grants for small businesses and upgrades to social and affordable housing were also identified in Tuesday’s announcement.
For local business owners impacted by the bushfires or COVID-19, free access to advisors through the Business Connect program has also been provided.
Media release, Nov 17
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch