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A FAIR GO FOR THE CENTRAL COAST - MONDAY, 13 MAY 2019

This election is a choice between a stable and united Labor team, focused on delivering a fair go for the Central Coast, or more of the same Liberal chaos and Liberal cuts.

We need real change, because more of the same isn’t good enough.
 
Labor’s Fair Go Plan for the Central Coast is about helping families with the pressure of their household budgets, getting workers’ wages up, making sure every child gets a great education and ensuring the best possible health care. 
 
Labor’s plan includes:
 
EDUCATION:
 

  • Two years of preschool for every child: Labor will fund and extend the national preschool program for so it covers three and four year olds, which will benefit 8,000 three and four year olds on the Central Coast
  • Schools funding: Central Coast public schools will have an extra $40 million under Labor in the first three years from 2020
  • University places: Labor will end the Liberals’ cap on Commonwealth supported universities places, benefiting over 2,200 students on the Central Coast
  • Better universities: Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund will deliver important upgrades for the University of Newcastle, including $28 million for a new Gosford campus
  • TAFE: TAFE is the backbone of our vocational education system, but the Liberals have cut more than $3 billion from TAFE, and closed campuses. On the Central Coast Labor will
    • Invest $10 million at Gosford TAFE for student accommodation for at-risk young people
    • Invest $2 million at Wyong TAFE for health and community services equipment upgrades.

 
HEALTH:
 
The Liberals have cut almost $10 million from hospitals on the Central Coast. Labor will reverse the cuts and invest in Central Coast hospitals, including:
 

  • Palliative care: $20 million for a new standalone public palliative care facility on the Central Coast
  • MRI licences: a Medicare-funded MRI licence to Wyong hospital for better access to life saving scans
  • Medicare Cancer Plan: $2.3 billion plan to dramatically slash out of pocket costs for cancer patients
  • A new metastatic cancer nurse on the Central Coast: specially trained to help cancer patients and their families through their often complex cancer journeys
  • Labor’s pensioner dental plan: 48,000 eligible older people on the Central Coast will be able to access $1,000 worth of dental services every two years

 
JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE:
 
In their first budget, the Liberals cut grants to local government on the Central Coast. After six years of cuts and chaos, Labor will invest in:
 

  • Central Coast Roads Rescue Package: $60 million to target the maintenance backlog affecting Central Coast roads.
  • Duplication of the Pacific Highway: Labor will finish the task of improving safety and efficiency through this project.
  • Commuter parking: expand parking facilities, including at Woy Woy and Gosford.
  • Central Coast shared pathways: $15 million to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians on the Tuggerawong Pathway, Mannering Park Foreshore and Avoca Kincumber Loop.
  • High speed rail planning and corridor protection: $1 billion investment to begin securing the corridor required to build a High Speed Rail Link from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra.

 
Labor is investing in new and growing industries to support jobs on the Central Coast, including:
 

  • Supporting small and medium manufacturing businesses through our $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund. 
  • Labor’s Australian Investment Guarantee.
  • Lowering energy prices for manufacturers through transforming Australia’s energy systems.

 
COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE:
 
Labor will invest over $7 million in community projects on the Central Coast, including:
 

  • $900,000 towards a dementia inclusive park.
  • $500,000 to upgrade the Bateau Bay PCYC.
  • $2.5 million to upgrade Ettalong Foreshore.
  • $1.4 million to upgrade Lemon Grove Park to improve facilities for Woy Woy netball.
  • $1 million to improve facilities for the Terrigal Wamberal JRLFC.
  • $171,000 on a new drone rescue services for Surf Life Saving Clubs.
  • $100,000 towards the Copacabana Men’s Shed.

 
After six years of cuts and chaos from the Liberals, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for the Central Coast.
 
End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.
 
Funding for these commitments have been included in Labor’s Fair Go Budget Plan, available at http://www.alp.org.au/labors_fiscal_plan


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