Coffs Harbour jetty breakwall
Region Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie Hastings, Tweed and Richmond Valley
Population (2016): 515,000
Key industries: Construction, retail trade, health care and social assistance

The North Coast is a long string of seaside communities with a heavy focus on tourism and is the most biologically diverse region in New South Wales.

In this Budget the Government is delivering better education and health services for the region, including a new vocational education centre at Coffs Harbour. We are delivering significant investment in roads to increase productivity in the region through smoother, safer connections.

Key highlights include:

  • roads and infrastructure initiatives in 2017-18 including:
    • $1.2 billion for the Pacific Highway upgrade from Woolgoolga to Ballina (state and federally funded)
    • Pacific Highway upgrades including $266.0 million between Oxley Highway and Kundabung, and Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads
    • $84.0 million to continue the construction of the additional bridge over the Clarence River bridge at Grafton
    • $24.0 million for the Bruxner Highway, replacement bridge over Clarence River at Tabulam
    • $6.8 million for the Sportsmans Creek replacement bridge
    • $5.0 million for the Coffs Harbour bypass planning (state and federally funded)
  • $94.5 million in 2017-18 of a $177.5 million investment for an additional 400 prison beds at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in Kempsey, in addition to the new 1,700 bed Grafton Correctional Centre
  • $23.0 million has been committed in 2017-18 to build a new hospital in Macksville. This is in addition to the $50.0 million previously allocated to Macksville Hospital
  • $10.6 million in 2017-18 to continue the Port Macquarie Hospital mental health expansion
  • $5.0 million in 2017-18 to commence the Coffs Harbour Hospital expansion with an estimated total cost of $156.0 million
  • $4.3 million over four years to fund a Lord Howe Island minor works program to support the island’s tourism industry, comply with public safety requirements and provide essential public services
  • continuing works on the NSW Shark Management Strategy including $3.6 million for the shark meshing trial and SMART (Shark Management Alert in Real Time) drumlines deployed on the North Coast
  • $2.5 million in 2017-18 towards commencing the building of a new hospital in the Tweed region (with an estimated total cost of $534.1 million) including the Integrated Ambulatory Services
  • continuing works on the new fire station at South West Rocks with an estimated cost of $1.5 million.