A strong budget provides for the electorate, says Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen

UPPER Hunter MP Michael Johnsen believes the 2019-2020 NSW Budget delivers both directly and indirectly for many communities in the electorate.

And, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture said he was pleased to see the government's election guarantees were carried through on Tuesday.

"I was committed to delivering the promises made to the Upper Hunter electorate in the recent state election - and am proud to be a member of a government that keeps its word, both locally and across NSW," he added.

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Highlights from the 2019-20 Budget for rural NSW include:

* Regional families will receive even more support with the government announcing a further round of funding for Early Childhood and Education services - part of a $755 million boost to support regional areas experiencing the state's worst drought on record;

* $400 million over the next four years to improve mobile phone and internet services;

* $500 million to repair and replace worn-out wooden bridges;

* $500 million to repair, maintain and seal local roads;

* $100 million expansion of the Stronger Country Communities fund; and

* $170 million to fast track critical water and infrastructure projects.

"Muswellbrook has been a winner, with $266 million for the Muswellbrook Bypass, including an immediate $4 million for detailed planning of the bypass," Mr Johnsen said.

"Muswellbrook will also pick up $550,000 for a new fire station.

"A further $367,000 will go to complete expenditures of $19.975 million on Stage 2 of Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment.

"Before the election, a commitment was made for major work to be undertaken at Muswellbrook South Public School, to get rid of demountable classrooms and install air-conditioning in every classroom, and that will be honoured.

"Dungog will also receive $550,000 for a new fire station, and $10.2 million will go to the upgrade of Dungog wastewater treatment works.

"Scone will receive $7 million for Kelly Street upgrades, with another $28.7 million for continued construction of the bypass.

"Across the Upper Hunter electorate we'll also see just under a million dollars allocated for social housing in our communities.

"Almost $78 million has been budgeted for road upgrades and safety enhancements in the seat of Upper Hunter, on roads varying from the New England Highway across to Bucketts Way, and from Limeburners Creek Road to the Golden Highway.

"As a former local dairy farmer myself, and in my role as Parliamentary Secretary, I am delighted that the government has budgeted $3.5 million to establish a Dairy Business Advisory Unit to continue industry support services and identify immediate and necessary actions for the sector.

"I'm also thrilled we've introduced no new taxes in our budget measures.

"This is a budget when money flows from the government to the community, not the other way round."