Bud­get build­ing pros­per­ous fu­ture for North Queens­lan­ders

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

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