FOCUS ON ROADS
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.