ALMOST $50 million in funding for major projects in the Hunter was announced by the state government last week.
They will be funded from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund.
The projects include the expansion of Newcastle Airport and the refurbishment of John Hunter Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It will also include the construction of a regional football facility in Lake Macquarie's Speers Point Park.
Newcastle Airport's existing terminal will receive an upgrade, as well as the installation of customs, quarantine and immigration facilities, with its $11.1 million grant.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at John Hunter Hospital will be handed $7 million to expand into the adjacent 1700 square-metre space vacated by the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
Its expansion will accommodate more cots, as the unit is currently at capacity with 48 cots.
Speers Point Park will be home to Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, to be constructed with a $7.3 million grant.
It will deliver 10 synthetic football fields, two international standard football pitches, a multipurpose administration building and a sealed car park with 110 spaces.
The remainder of the funding budget was allocated to refurbishing community facilities and halls for Maitland, Muswellbrook and Singleton.