How did region fare in State Budget?
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.