Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie extends thanks to firefighters in Comboyne

First of all I’d like to extend thanks and congratulations to the firefighters who have been battling the massive bushfire in the in Comboyne Plateau and Innes View area.

These brave men and women risk their lives and have done an amazing job in protecting homes and businesses in the local communities.

Residents and local freight operators across the region will soon reap the benefits of a significant infrastructure spend to replace and repair bridges.

From the Hunter to the Hastings, 19 new bridge projects will be delivered following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Coalition Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.

More than $10 million in Federal funding has been committed to the projects, which will not only improve driving conditions by delivering safer and more productive bridges that are fit-for purpose, but also provide a huge boost in connectivity across the region.

In addition to the social impacts for residents and the economic benefits for businesses, the Bridges Renewal Programme is also set to become a significant driver of job growth over the coming years.

The Coalition Government has identified the upgrades and replacements of bridges as a national priority and committed $420 million over five years to 2021, with an ongoing commitment of $60 million each year thereafter.

A full list of successful round three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.

Our Government has also announced major initiatives to improve aged care services.

An additional 6,000 home care packages will be made available to support more older Australians with higher care needs to remain living in the comfort of their own homes.

With a recent Productivity Commission forecasting Australia will need almost one million aged care staff by 2050, a skilled workforce is essential to support quality care to those who need it most.

At the same time, support for aged care consumers will be streamlined through a $20 million investment in the My Aged Care system, to improve public access, especially for those in rural, regional and remote areas.

These important reforms will ensure that the people who built our communities have the aged care support and services they need, when and where they need it.