Tamworth Regional Council banking on intermodal hub budget announcement

MORE TO COME: Col Murray says health and law enforcement need to be addressed in this year's budget. Photo: Gareth Gardner
MORE TO COME: Col Murray says health and law enforcement need to be addressed in this year's budget. Photo: Gareth Gardner

COMING soon to a town near you: NSW politicians ready and willing to splash some cash.

With the state government’s spend-up becoming more evident with budget announcements everyday, Tamworth is ready to roll out the welcome-mat.

The NSW budget is set to officially drop next Tuesday, but there’s already been a spate of announcements released from the 2017/18 financial plan for the state.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro foreshadowed this year’s budget with a bold-plan to “turbo-charge” the regions.

Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo have already had visits from ministers confirming state-backing to get long-awaited infrastructure projects off the ground.

SPEND UP: John Barilaro vowed to turbo-charge regional NSW.

SPEND UP: John Barilaro vowed to turbo-charge regional NSW.

Meanwhile, mayor Col Murray said he would be “extraordinarily disappointed” if the Tamworth region missed on funding for a key project.

“The main thing is the intermodal terminal,” Cr Murray told The Leader.

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“It’s not a huge amount of money.”

State money for the project would help upgrade the railway line to the Glen Artney precinct.

Cr Murray is also preparing to meet with the Deputy Premier next week to discuss the city’s longer-term dream to receive international freight through the airport.

Health and law enforcement were other areas Cr Murray hoped to see more attention on in the NSW budget.

“Hopefully, there are some top-ups with some of the anomalies in the health system,” he said.

“With crime stats, we’re not seeing enough resources, there needs to be more police and detectives.”