Our region is a significant winner in the Federal Budget.
Included are $20 million each for the upgrade of Bucketts Way and Clarence Town Road; $8.5 million towards the Fig Trees on the Manning Foreshore development, and a boost in funds for local councils to help them fix roads.
I will be encouraging local organisations to access funds as we beef up our infrastructure program from $75 billion to over $100 billion.
After more than a decade of deficits, this budget forecasts a surplus of $7.1 billion in 2019-20, a $55.5 billion turnaround from what we inherited seven years ago.
It also delivers an additional $158 billion in income tax relief on top of the $144 billion in tax cuts locked into legislation last year.
This includes immediate tax relief of up to $1,080 for low and middle income earners and up to $2,160 for a dual income couple.
We are also increasing the Instant Asset Write Off to $30,000 and expanding its access, benefitting 3.4 million businesses.
Our government will provide a one off, income tax exempt payment of $75 for singles and $125 for couples to more than 3.9 million eligible social security payment recipients.
The Budget also included a significant increase in the number of home care and aged care places, and funding more relief for carers.
Funding for local aged care services in our electorate has increased from $90 million a year when I was elected to over $135 million a year today.
There will be record health spending of $81 billion in 2019-20, increasing to $89.5 billion in 2022-23.
There is $30 million for the Local School Community Fund to allow communities to fund projects such as upgrades to libraries, classrooms and play equipment.
The Budget will deliver a record infrastructure investment of $100 billion over the next decade.
In the next financial year Mid-Coast Council $3,392,463, Port Macquarie Hastings Council $1,826,618 and Port Stephens Council $780,527 - in addition to the Federal Financial Assistance Grants, Bridges Renewal and Road Blackspots.