Hospital tops long list of new projects…
A NEW emergency department for Albury Hospital, a multi-purpose hall for James Fallon High School, and fixing mobile blackspots are some of the projects that Albury MP Greg Aplin has in the pipeline for his fourth term.
Mr Aplin, who will form part of the Baird Government, took out 57 per cent of first-preference votes in the NSW election, while his closest competitor, Labor candidate Ross Jackson, had secured more than 31 per cent as of Monday afternoon.
Mr Aplin said he was looking forward to serving the electorate for another full term.
“It’s back to work with renewed vigour and dedication,” Mr Aplin said.
“I’d like to express my thanks for the opportunity to continue to deliver.
“We do have some of the biggest projects in the electorate in 20 years announced.”
Mr Aplin said he will oversee the completion of the pre-election announced Riverina Highway upgrades east of Albury, the redevelopment of Greater Hume Shire multi-purpose health centres, and continue to work towards a better XPT service for regional areas.
He told Albury Wodonga News Weekly that his goals for his new term include a new multi-purpose hall for James Fallon High School, working towards better emergency services for Albury Base Hospital, and upgrading the electorate’s road network.
Mr Aplin said he hopes to see these potential projects funded largely by the privatisation of the state’s poles and wires.
“Up to $6 billion will be released from the lease of poles and wires and I want to make sure our electorate benefits from that.”
Mr Aplin won the primary vote at all polling venues, however both he and Mr Jackson were trumped by The Greens’ Niloufer King by the very small contingency who cast their vote at Sydney Town Hall.
Ms King locked in four primary votes while Mr Jackson and Mr Aplin secured three and two votes respectively.
The Labor party had a small victory with a swing to Mr Jackson of more than 16 per cent in this year’s election, which he described as a rewarding result.
“I’m very proud of the hard work that’s gone into this,” Mr Jackson said.
“It’s been a great ride.
“It’s a positive move for 2019.”
He said he may stand for the 2019 election but that he had a young family to consider.
Mr Jackson said his next goal was to complete his Rail Heritage project.