NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall will use the first siting of the new NSW Parliament this week to take up a number of local issues and lock in election commitments for more hospitals and road upgrades in the region.
“I can’t wait for Parliament start back tomorrow,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s the first siting since the election and I’ll be using it as an opportunity to lock in commitments from Ministers, which were made during the recent election campaign.
“I’ve already been knocking on new Ministers’ doors to ensure every commitment is honoured and to ensure everyone knows about the issues in our region and the need for the government to listen and act.”
Mr Marshall will be meeting with Health Minister Brad Hazzard to ensure the two commitments – $80 million to redevelop Moree Hospital and $20 million to refurbish Glen Innes Hospital – will be delivered and to establish timeframes for work to begin.
“These are the ‘big ticket’ items for the Northern Tablelands and are critical projects for the Moree and Glen Innes communities,” Mr Marshall said.
“I want to ensure these promised investment are delivered and delivered quickly to ensure these communities get what Armidale has already received and what Inverell is getting right now.
“I’ve also issued an invitation to the Minister to visit our region and I’ll also be following this up with him personally to lock in a date – it’d be great to have him up here.”
Mr Marshall will also be meeting with new Police Minister David Elliot to secure a timeframe for the call for tenders for the construction of the new 24-hour Police Station and new Regional Roads and Transport Minister Paul Toole.
“The plans for the new station are almost finished and now we need to press ahead and get the tender out so construction can begin this year,” he said.
“I’ve warned the new Roads Minister that he’s going to be seeing a lot of me.
“I want him to come up to Moree and Inverell as there’re a stack of new road upgrade projects locals want funded, including the $4.5 million commitment to upgrade the Washpool section of the Gwydir Highway near Moree.”