La­bor is pump­ing money into re­gions

The Gympie Times - - NEWS OPINION -

THE cur­rent La­bor Gov­ern­ment is pump­ing a lot of money into the re­gions, in­clud­ing Gympie, de­spite claims made by Mr Per­rett (The Gympie Times, 13/9/17).

There are build­ing works at Gympie Spe­cial School, and a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade to the agri­cul­tural depart­ment at Gympie High.

It was La­bor state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments that started the de­sign and re­build of the high­way from Cooroy to Curra. The State Gov­ern­ment funds 29% of this. Mr Per­rett com­plained about La­bor fund­ing the Cross River Rail tun­nel in Gympie, but seems to for­get that the pre­vi­ous Newman/Ni­cholls LNP Gov­ern­ment sup­ported this very project.

With­out the tun­nel there can be no more trains from Gympie as the rail­ways in Bris­bane are con­gested.

The pre­vi­ous La­bor Gov­ern­ment funded the de­sign of the re­build of Kin Kin Rd over Noo­nans Range.

The LNP Gov­ern­ment then can­celled the project.

The cur­rent La­bor Gov­ern­ment is fund­ing the de­sign of a new bridge over Coon­doo Ck on Tin Can Bay Rd and is help­ing fund nu­mer­ous projects that will im­prove our re­gion and bring more vis­i­tors to Gympie.

Th­ese in­clude the Val­ley Rat­tler, Goomeri our Towns Project, Gympie Aero­drome run­way up­grade, seal­ing Tagi­gan Rd, and river to rail trail and other projects.

The cur­rent La­bor Gov­ern­ment has funded more child safety of­fi­cers in Gympie, and more nurses at the Gympie Hos­pi­tal. We now have a CT scan­ner the lo­cal La­bor branch ad­vo­cated for. New fire trucks have been pur­chased for brigades at Glen­wood, Curra, Chatsworth, Wolvi and Trave­ston. Mothar Moun­tain is on track to have a new fire sta­tion.

This is on top of con­tin­ued fund­ing for schools, roads, po­lice and many other ser­vices in our com­mu­nity.

Mr Per­rett gives a pie in the sky prom­ise of a very fast train. What Gympie needs is a state mem­ber who is pos­i­tive and re­al­is­tic. — Donna Rear­don, South­side

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