Major road improvements, school upgrades, and the new Shellharbour Hospital are among the projects to included in the NSW government's budget for 2021-22.
Below is a rundown of where the Illawarra can expect to see money flow.
The budget includes $40.2 million over the next financial year for the new Shellharbour Hospital, to be built on a greenfield site at Dunmore.
The $698 million hospital, which has also received a federal government contribution, is due for completion in 2028.
The new hospital is part of a planned reform of the region's health services, which will also see the closure of Port Kembla Hospital and the construction of a new community health centre at Warrawong.
The COVID-19 response across the state will include $261.3 million for the vaccination roll-out; $200 million for pop-up clinics, testing and contact tracing; and $340 million for personal protective equipment.
Statewide, $109.5 million will be spent over four years on developing 25 child and adolescent mental health crisis teams, and $36.4 million will go towards 57 mental health response and recovery specialists in regional and rural areas.
ROADS AND TRANSPORT
On the eve of the budget, the NSW government announced it would contribute a total of $60 million to the long-awaited Mount Ousley interchange on the M1 Motorway, with close to $6.3 million coming through in 2021-22 for planning.
Work on the $300 million project is set to begin in 2023.
The government has also committed $44 million over the next four years for the duplication of Picton Road, and $61 million to finish construction of the Princes Highway upgrade between Berry and Bomaderry.
There is $55 million this coming financial year to complete the Albion Park Rail bypass.
A station upgrade at Towradgi will be funded with $21.6 million, while Unanderra will see lifts installed with almost $12.4 million in funding in 2021-22.
Funding of $1.1 billion this coming year and $3.1 billion total over four years will go to more trains and services across the Sydney network, including those on the Illawarra, Airport and South Coast line.
A new fleet of trains that will service the South Coast, as well as the Blue Mountains, Newcastle and Central Coast, will be commissioned with $1.3 billion over the next four years.
A $298 million investment over four years into the Fast Rail program will include the duplication of the train line between Berry and Gerringong.
Major upgrades at Dapto Public School will be completed with a $13.7 million investment in 2021-22.
The project in its entirety will cost almost $24 million.
There is also another $4.48 million funding to continue a project at Stanwell Park Public School, $445,000 for works at Gwynneville Public School, and $892,000 for Wollongong Public School.
The Start Strong free preschool program will continue in 2022 for eligible children.
There is also a learn-to-swim voucher program, worth $43.9 million over two years, that provides $100 swimming lesson vouchers for children aged 3 to 6 who are not yet in school.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
The state government will put $77.6 million towards a new gas-fired power station at Yallah, which it says will enable the future transition to renewable hydrogen as a fuel.
It has already promised a minimum $70 million to establish hydrogen hubs in the Illawarra and Hunter, under the $750 million Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program, which was announced earlier this year.
The first 25,000 people who buy a battery electric vehicles or fuel cell electric vehicles for less than $68,750 from September, could be eligible for a $3000 rebate.
The government will also introduce motor vehicle duty exemptions for eligible new and used zero and low emission vehicles, and increase the number of electric vehicle chargers.
RECREATION AND TOURISM
The multi-day Great Southern Walk from Bulli Tops to Botany Bay, the plans for which were unveiled last week, has been allocated $3.1 million over the next year, from a total of $31 million over three years.
This funding will also establish the Illawarra Mountain Biking Network along the escarpment.
Councils in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven will share in $21 million in 2021-22 in Restart NSW funding for infrastructure, including $3 million for the Shellharbour Airport.
The Illawarra Infrastructure Fund, which is designed to support economic growth in the region, will receive $35.9 million under this budget.
A Royalties for Rejuvenation Fund, expected to top $300 million within 10 years, has been established to support coal mining communities as their economies transition.
Meanwhile, round eight of the Resources for the Regions fund for mining-affected communities will be worth $75 million.
The NSW government will introduce new legislation to parliament to reform the infrastructure contributions system.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2021, if passed into law, will introduce a new system for collecting levies on development in the Illawarra.
JUSTICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
This coming year another $360,000 will go towards a $1.36 million upgrade of the Port Kembla jetty for NSW Police.
Emergency services radios will be consolidated into one public safety network, with $5 million funding over the next year.
Across NSW, 246 paramedics will be trained to become intensive care paramedics with $34 million - 203 will be in regional areas.
There is funding to employ eight new magistrates across NSW, although the locations in which these new judicial officers will be based has not yet been determined.
However, there have been calls for a full-time magistrate at Port Kembla Local Court to meet demand and reduce pressure on Wollongong Local Court.
The government will allow for wage increases of 2.5 per cent for public sector workers, including paramedics.
The Regional Seniors Travel Card, which provides older people in regional NSW with $250 each year for transport costs, will continue for another two years.
More than $333 million will continue energy social programs, such as energy rebates and emergency vouchers.
There will be almost $34 million over four years for specialist domestic violence case management to be rolled out state wide through the Staying Home, Leaving Violence program.
The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme will be expanded to the tune of $41 million, including the digitisation of records.
The government's small business fees and rebates scheme will continue until June 30 next year, allowing eligible small businesses to claim $1500 in rebates against certain government fees and charges.
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