Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony. gal­loway@ news. com. au

MORE than $ 262 mil­lion will be spent on Townsville roads and other trans­port in­fra­struc­ture dur­ing the com­ing year.

The State Bud­get, to be un­veiled to­day, will in­clude $ 40 mil­lion to com­plete the fourth sec­tion of the Townsville Ring Road.

A new sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tion at Veales Rd and ded­i­cated pedes­trian fa­cil­i­ties at the Mount Low Park­way in­ter­sec­tion will also be built.

Trea­surer Curtis Pitt said the Bud­get com­mit­ted a to­tal of $ 435.6 mil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing in North Queens­land, sup­port an lo­cal jobs.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment ran on an elec­tion com­mit­ment to be open and trans­par­ent and that’s why I want lo­cals to know ex­actly what’s in my Bud­get for Townsville,” Mr Pitt said.

“We also know that debt is too high on any mea­sure, which is why I’ve handed down a re­strained Bud­get to re­spon­si­bly pay down debt with­out selling our state’s in­come- gen­er­at­ing as­sets.

“But be­ing fis­cally re­spon­si­ble doesn’t mean we’ve for­got­ten the need for eco­nomic up­lift in re­gions like Townsville.”

Mund­ing­burra MP Co­ralee O’Rourke said lo­cal schools would also share in $ 178 mil-

which would es­ti­mated 1500 $ 804.6m for Townsville Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice $ 5 mil­lion to be­gin plan­ning for a sta­dium in Townsville’s CBD $ 43.3m over four years for main­te­nance of Townsville schools

$ 21.2m dis­as­ter re­lief in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment $ 262m for lo­cal trans­port in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments $ 40m for Sec­tion 4 of Townsville Ring Road $ 60.3m for energy and wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture up­grades $ 35.6m on lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in­fra­struc­ture lion for main­te­nance, as well as $ 5 mil­lion over two years to build new class­rooms and sup­port ar­eas at the Townsville Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­tre.

“This is a ma­jor in­vest­ment in our lo­cal state schools and one of the sig­nif­i­cant ini­tia­tives an­nounced in the 2015- 16 State Bud­get,” she said.

The Bud­get will also in­clude $ 5 mil­lion in 2015/ 16 to­wards a new sta­dium in Townsville’s CBD as part of the gov­ern­ment’s $ 100 mil­lion com­mit­ment over four years.

Townsville MP Scott Stewart said the $ 5 mil­lion would go to­wards a busi­ness case and a quan­tity surveyor to de­ter­mine pro­ject costs. “The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment un­der­stands how im­por­tant this is to the peo­ple of Townsville and the North as it will be the first venue of its scale and qual­ity to ser­vice North­ern Aus­tralia’s one mil­lion peo­ple,” Mr Stewart said.

Townsville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan said she hoped the Bud­get would make com­mit­ments to in­fra­struc­ture projects high­lighted in the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent North­ern Aus­tralia White Pa­per.

“There is now an op­por­tu­nity for the State Gov­ern­ment to help un­lock this re­gion’s eco­nomic po­ten­tial and com­ple­ment the White Pa­per com­mit­ments with ad­di­tional fund­ing com­mit­ments and poli­cies,” she said.



UP­LIFT: Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones ( sec­ond from right) with lo­cal MPs Aaron Harper, Co­ralee O'Rourke and Scott Stewart.

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