State Budget: what’s in it for us
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.
SPEND: $15 million for the airport was the big ticket item for the Whitsundays in the State Budget.