HEALTH will be member for Orange Andrew Gee’s main priority for 2013 following on from a year where the delivery of the second linear accelerator was the highlight.
Mr Gee said the expansion of Bloomfield’s mental health campus would be on the agenda leading to an influx of new jobs.
Upgrades of state roads in the electorate including the troubled stretch of the Mitchell Highway between Orange to Molong will occur over the next 12 months following on from upgrades between Bathurst and Orange.
“We want roads safer and we want them improved so it’s easier to get in and out of Sydney,” he said.
The Bells Line of Road will remain an issue that the next generation of supporters will have to “keep agitating” for at all levels of government, Mr Gee said.
“Nothing that big or expensive is going to come easy,” he said.
“It’s disappointing that the [Infrastructure NSW] recommendations weren’t stronger but the project is still alive.”
He does not expect a reversal of the policy to relocate the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in Orange from Leewood Estate to Lords Place - an announcement criticised in mid-2012.
“I think Services NSW will continue to liaise closely with Orange City Council to allay any concerns they have,” he said.
He would not rule out job cuts from the relocation but said it was unlikely to have a “significant impact”.