The New South Wales Government established the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF) in 2011 to enhance the Hunter’s infrastructure, including transport, education, water and health infrastructure to support economic growth and enhance the liveability of the region.

The Government allocated $350 million to the Fund over four years, commencing in the 2011-12 financial year. The Government added a further $100 million through the 2014 State Budget.


The NSW Government will provide $2.3 million for a new Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service aeromedical base at Belmont.Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new base at Lake Macquarie Airport will be a key emergency service facility for northern NSW with aircraft hangar facilities; daymaintenance and training facilities; and accommodation for pilots, crews, doctors and ambulance staff.“The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service makes an invaluable contribution to our state and the NSW Government is
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