State Bud­get: what’s in it for us

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

FUND­ING for an airport ter­mi­nal ex­pan­sion and run­way up­grade worth $15 mil­lion was the big ticket item for the Whit­sun­days in the Queens­land Govern­ment’s 2017-18 Bud­get.

The Proser­pine Aux­il­iary Fire Sta­tion re­ceived a fur­ther $2.3m, added to a fund­ing pool an­nounced last year and to­talling $3.2m. The money will be used to up­grade and move the sta­tion, La­bor can­di­date for Whit­sun­day Bron­wyn Taha said.

Mean­while, the Great Bar­rier Reef Whit­sun­day Marine Park moor­ings project re­ceived $395,000 of a to­tal $700,000 spend and $600,000 went to the South­ern White­haven look­out trail.

There was $825,000 of a $1.5 mil­lion to­tal for the Whit­sun­day Sportspark up­grade, for re­align­ing the ex­ist­ing sports field and de­vel­op­ing an ad­di­tional rec­tan­gu­lar field and as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture.

The Bowen Hospi­tal’s es­sen­tial ser­vices up­grade re­ceived $3.2m and the Bowen Police Sta­tion and watch house re­de­vel­op­ment has $7m.

Ms Taha said the bud­get pro­vided some good out­comes for the Whit­sun­days but there was “still more to do”, in­clud­ing the flood proof­ing of Hamil­ton Plains. Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan said this and the fast-track­ing of a new Bruce Hwy across Goor­ganga Plains had been missed out.

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SPEND: $15 mil­lion for the airport was the big ticket item for the Whit­sun­days in the State Bud­get.

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