Hornery on fact-finding Hunter tour
Road infrastructure, homelessness and rail timetables are among the issues on Craig Deasey’s mind.
ON A MISSION: Opposition spokeswoman for the Hunter Sonia Hornery met with the general managers and mayors of Singleton and Muswellbrook yesterday before stopping at Dungog today.
The Dungog Shire Council general manager will raise these matters when he and mayor Harold Johnston meet with NSW opposition spokeswoman for the Hunter Sonia Hornery.
Ms Hornery met with the general managers and mayors of Singleton and Muswellbrook yesterday before stopping at Dungog today.
Mr Deasey said there were no state roads in the Dungog local government area and the region received limited state funding to maintain its regional road network.
Dungog council has a $42 million backlog of road work.
“Council wants to see a review of the funding program for the regional road network and also for the replacement of timber bridges,” he said.
As homelessness became moreevident in the Hunter, Mr Deasey said the Dungog area needed more services to support people who fell on hard times.
He said there was no crisis accommodation available in the town.
“Part of this discussion will also focus on affordable housing and also the role of Housing NSW and their definition of homeless,” Mr Deasey said.
He said the latest changes to the NSW rail timetable made it difficult for commuters to travel to Sydney.
Mr Deasey also said he wanted todiscuss the opposition’s policy on local government reform in light of the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s recommendations.
Ms Hornery said she expected issues such as road and infrastructure funding and rail services to be high priorities for councils in the Hunter.
“I am keeping an open mind, as I want these council representatives to give me their take on what the stategovernment can be doing to improve the lives of the people in these areas,” she said.
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