Manly Daily 13 June 2012. By Brenton Cherry, Tyron Butson and Charis Chang.
THE groundwork has been laid for major infrastructure projects on the northern beaches with the Bus Rapid Transit network, Northern Beaches Hospital and ferry services receiving funding in the 2012-13 state budget.
Treasurer Mike Baird yesterday announced $9 million to continue planning of the long-awaited hospital at Frenchs Forest, with construction expected to start in 2014.
The BRT’s next stage will involve community consultation to determine the preferred option.
But overall there were few major northern beaches projects allocated funding as government reacts to a sluggish economy and economic downturn overseas.
Ferry wharves got a $4.6 million shot in the arm to replace hydraulic ramps at Manly and Circular Quay as well as $2.3 million to complete the ferry operations and customer information system.
Funding was also allocated to improve the CCTV network.
In addition, a review will be carried out to coordinate ferry and bus timetables.
The local road network will be boosted after $4 million was allocated for the construction of a pedestrian overbridge to improve traffic on the Spit Bridge and more than $2 million was allocated for road maintenance.
A total of $900,000 has also been set aside for planning to improve Mona Vale Rd, McCarrs Creek Rd to Powder Works Rd.
While there was no funding for the redevelopment of Manly Police Station, Manly Court House is one of 40 local courthouses to benefit from an injection of $32 million for renovation.
“The budget shows we’re moving to an exciting stage for the Northern Beaches hospital,” Mr Baird said.
“The final planning is being done this year and construction is starting in 2013-14.
“The BRT takes the next step with community consultation over the next 6-12 months to narrow down the best option to finally address the Spit bottleneck.”