What the budget means for Burnett
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.