How did re­gion fare in State Bud­get?

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND Trea­surer Jackie Trad de­liv­ered a healthy bud­get boost for Whit­sun­days res­i­dents, set­ting aside $606 mil­lion for in­fras­truc­ture projects, $441.7 mil­lion for health ser­vices and $22.4 mil­lion for school im­prove­ments.

The Bud­get al­lo­cated $115 mil­lion for Mackay's $497.4 mil­lion ring road project and $10.5 mil­lion for ex­pand­ing and up­grad­ing the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port Ter­mi­nal to meet grow­ing do­mes­tic demand.

The govern­ment will also spend $330 mil­lion on the con­tin­ued man­age­ment of the Great Bar­rier Reef and $82.7 mil­lion on im­prov­ing the North Coast rail­way line.

Key bud­get com­mit­ments in­cluded:

$7.5 mil­lion to­wards the $12.1 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment of new in­fras­truc­ture and tourism re­cov­ery op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Whit­sun­day Is­lands Na­tional Park.

$7.4 mil­lion for the new per­form­ing arts cen­tre at Mackay North­ern Beaches State High School.

$8.9 mil­lion for the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Blue­wa­ter Trail and Queens Park.

$3.6 mil­lion to re­store and mit­i­gate Midge Point Beach, Lam­berts Beach and St He­lens Beach.

$1 mil­lion for the Whit­sun­day Sportspark up­grade.

$1 mil­lion to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties at Mackay Skate Park.

$500,000 for the Mackay Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to up­grade play­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

$260,000 for the Mackay Whit­sun­days Health Rivers Part­ner­ship.

Ma­jor road fund­ing prom­ises in­cluded money for the Peak Downs High­way re­align­ment at Eton Range and $24.2 mil­lion for the Marl­bor­ough-Sa­rina Rd restora­tion project.

How­ever no money was com­mit­ted to fix­ing the flood-prone sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Rd at Hamil­ton Plains and there was no fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion for a flood fix at Goor­ganga Plains.

A fur­ther $1.9 mil­lion will be spent on in­creas­ing train­ing and work­force par­tic­i­pa­tion un­der the Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work pro­gram.

As well, $8.3 mil­lion will go to supporting lo­cal gov­ern­ments un­der­tak­ing mi­nor in­fras­truc­ture projects to im­prove lo­cal job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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