Re­gion’s bet­ter­ment projects miss out in bud­get

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THERE is no new fund­ing for Cen­tral and North Bur­nett’s bet­ter­ment projects in the state bud­get.

Tim Ni­cholls handed down his sec­ond bud­get as Queens­land Trea­surer on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Since the re­lo­ca­tion of Gayn­dah’s wa­ter in­take pump was an­nounced as the first Bet­ter­ment Fund re­cip­i­ent on May 14, no fur­ther fund­ing has been al­lo­cated.

Mr Ni­cholls used the re­lo­ca­tion of the wa­ter in­take above Claude Whar­ton Weir as an ex­am­ple in his Bud­get speech, yet the Bet­ter­ment fund­ing re­mained the same at $80 mil­lion shared equally be­tween the State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments.

North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh said the coun­cil was hop­ing for an in­crease and would con­tinue to fight for more fund­ing.

“When you look at the fact we’ve got $86 mil­lion in bet­ter­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and Bundy has over $200 mil­lion, even $100 mil­lion is go­ing to fall short of what’s re­quired,” CrWaugh said.

Mr Ni­cholls said the state govern­ment stood ready to make a $100 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion but the Aus­tralian Govern­ment was un­will­ing to match that fig­ure.

“A fund with $200 mil­lion in it would have made a real dent in the back­log of bet­ter­ment projects that lo­cal gov­ern­ments have put for­ward. But it was not to be,” Mr Ni­cholls said.

“It is un­fin­ished busi­ness for the New­man Govern­ment and the Queens­land com­mu­nity.”

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