Budget building prosperous future for North Queenslanders
LAST week the Treasurer Curtis Pitt delivered the first Budget for the Palaszczuk Government.
I believe North Queensland has been rewarded for voting for three Labor members – in Townsville, Thuringowa and Mundingburra.
The good people of Thuringowa made it clear at the January state election that they did not want their assets sold, and I thank them for providing me the opportunity and faith to represent them as their State Member for Thuringowa.
This is a Budget that pays down debt without selling off our important revenue- raising government- owned assets, like our Townsville Port, Mount Isa rail link or Ergon Energy.
It is clearly a Budget that looks after North Queensland in health, education and transport.
It will fundamentally create prosperity, restore business confidence and, importantly, support jobs.
A snapshot of this Budget shows significant funding in our Hospital Health Service with $ 804 million committed to this important and vital tertiary hospital that looks after so many North Queenslanders.
There is also great news for our schools. Many people living in Thuringowa will directly benefit from the great news of building a new state and secondary school in this growth area.
This is something that has been discussed at the Northern Beaches community consultation group, of which I am a member.
Having had discussions with the Minister Kate Jones on the needs of schools in our area, it is great news to see $ 90 million budgeted towards these important education initiatives.
Please visit the parliamentary website for a full breakdown of the Budget for North Queensland.
Importantly, good government leads to restoring business confidence, builds jobs and momentum. It would be remiss of me not to recognise and thank the private sector for investing in Thuringowa.
In particular, Wingate has provided the Upper Ross area with just the shot in the arm it has needed for the last few years, with their announcement and investment of $ 500 million for a 1400- strong residential development in Condon.
This will support jobs in the building sector and create momentum in other surrounding areas.
Areas like Willows, where Dexus is investing $ 90 million in redeveloping and expanding the shopping centre, will also support jobs.
With these new investments, we need connectivity. That is why it is indeed great news to see this Budget allocate more than $ 72 million for the ring road stage four and $ 10 million towards the completion of the new bridge on Dalrymple Rd.
The engine room of Thuringowa is humming and I see more growth and investment in this area.
AARON HARPER, MP for Thuringowa.