Clarence short-changed in Budget, says Tiley

By JURIS GRANEY

SHORT-CHANGED.

That is how Clarence Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley described this week's NSW Budget.

Receiving just $2 million for the council's string of sewerage augmentation works ? like North Grafton to Junction Hill, Iluka and its major Shannon Creek dam ? has seriously disappointed Cr Tiley.

"We didn't do well out of it at all," he said.

"Things like the Maclean, Townsend and Ilarwill (sewerage augmentation) are off the agenda.

"The estimated costs of Iluka, Yamba and Maclean is about $70 million, while the Shannon Creek dam is about $95 million and all we got was $2 million out of $41.3 billion for spending on infrastructure across the state."

Cr Tiley qualified the statement saying the State Government had guaranteed 11 per cent of the Shannon Creek dam cost over time, but council was still waiting on a letter confirming the deal.

"They have borrowed $41.3 billion and that is all we get, it is more than inadequate," he said.

Cr Tiley said he had been informed that plans to build Yamba's Community Health Centre would not happen this budget period.

"I spoke to Parliamentary Secretary Paul McLeay and he said there were more higher priorities than Yamba's Community Health Centre," he said.



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