Region’s betterment projects miss out in budget
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.”