Murwillumbah ambos score $1.9m

MURWILLUMBAH Ambulance Station will receive a $1.9 million upgrade this financial year, but a push for additional ambulances and crew remains under review.

The state member for Lismore Thomas George said the NSW Budget had delivered on the government's promises for improved infrastructure in the region, including ambulance station improvements.

But increased services would have to wait for a review, promised after a man who waited 27 minutes for an ambulance died, to be carried out.

"That money is to do with infrastructure," Mr George said.

"The incident (death) is being reviewed at the moment."

Mr George said the budget "could have been a lot worse".

"I was worried that some of the funding would have to be delayed," he said.

Mr George said there was also $2 million for the refurbishment of the TAFE colleges at Kingscliff and Murwillumbah and $10 million for area health services.

He said the increase in police, nurses and teachers was a positive and evidence of the O'Farrell Government's commitment to "frontline services".

"Now it is up to us to make representation to get what we need," Mr George said.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said there were "good signs" for the region in the budget.

"The money for health is a very good sign for our region because it's directed to the areas of need," Mr Provest said.

He said the Government was aware more staff were required at The Tweed Hospital.

The budget has allocated $80 million to employ 900 more nurses by June next year and $36 million to make available 150 more beds across the state.

The $1 million initially earmarked for a study into restoring the train line between Murwillumbah and Casino was increased to $2 million.

"I think this money shows our commitment to developing a detailed study," Mr Provest said.

However it was not all good news in the budget, with public service jobs under threat as the government attempts to return to surplus.

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said the Government planned $8 billion worth of savings measures over the next four years, which includes up to 5000 voluntary redundancies and public wage caps.


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