What the bud­get means for Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

ON WED­NES­DAY I did a bit of a walk around Monto try­ing to get com­ments from res­i­dents about the state bud­get, which was re­leased Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The main thing I took away from it all was that not enough was be­ing done for our re­gion.

The ex­pec­ta­tion from a lot of peo­ple was this bud­get would favour the cities and south east Queens­land, leav­ing peo­ple in re­gional ar­eas out to dry.

What I came to un­der­stand was what many of them al­ready un­der­stood: when you’re in an area that’s so out of the way of the de­ci­sion mak­ers in cities like Rock­hamp­ton, Bund­aberg and Bris­bane, you only ex­ist to them as num­bers on a Cen­sus.

If you take a look at our bud­get pack­age on page five, you’ll see we brought to­gether the things the re­gion can be op­ti­mistic about.

Sport is a big part of the com­mu­nity, so it’s great to see money go­ing to­ward up­graded light­ing, not to men­tion the huge grants a num­ber of our race clubs re­ceived.

But of the 40 in­fra­struc­ture projects de­signed to boost jobs pro­posed for the Wide Bay area, North Bur­nett got two: sport and the Bur­nett Hwy works.

We at the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times will keep do­ing what we can to make the re­gion mat­ter to the big-wigs mak­ing the de­ci­sions and hope our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives will, too.

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