BUDGET BREAKDOWN: Who will get what in southwest QLD
STATE member for Warrego Ann Leahy has hit out at the Labor Government’s budget, stating it has “no vision for regional Queenslanders” in her electorate.
In their announcement yesterday, the State Government stated up to $56 billion will be spent in capital works over their four year term, with $14.8 million spent this year, while supporting 46,000 jobs.
Ms Leahy said it was disappointing to see it didn’t contain details on the Inland Freight Route, Charters Towers to Mungindi, or any funding for the forthcoming financial year 2021/22.
“I know there are communities and councils who would like to see the detail of this proposal as it will impact the towns and the local government road network,” she said.
“I have fought for the Bollon West flood levee on the Balonne Highway, and I am pleased to see $1.8 million allocated to this project and $2.589 million for the Roma Condamine Road to widen and strengthen the pavement.
“There are plenty more roads in need of investment across the electorate, and I will continue to keep fighting for our fair share for our roads.”
Ms Leahy said the budget showed petroleum royalties contributed to revenue of more than $1.3 billion during 22/23 and 23/24, with most of it generated in the Warrego electorate.
“Our industries are doing the heavy lifting when it comes to providing revenue, and I will continue to fight to ensure our fair share is returned
“Not only is there an unprecedented $130 billion debt burden to pay back, but the growing interest bill diverts funds away from necessary infrastructure projects like hospitals, roads and front line services.
“In this budget the Labor Government are borrowing to pay for running expenses, rather than investing in regional visionary projects that will sustain growth and jobs in the longer term.”
Warrego Electorate projects in the State Governments Budget:
· Roma Student Hostel $5.226 million
· Cunnamulla artesian hot springs and river walk experience $1.250 million
· Paroo Shire Council upgrade to critical sewerage infrastructure $2.8 million
· Murweh and Quilpie Councils tyre recycling project $150 000
· Quilpie Water Supply upgrade $247 652
· Eromanga Natural History Museum $960 000
· Thargomindah Airport runway reseal $94 306
· Cunnamulla Hospital $2 million
· Mitchell bore installation $198 360
· Maranoa and Balonne Tyre Recycling Project $136 800
· Roma Hospital $11.6 million
· Tara Shire State College $2 million over three years
· St George State High School $8.8 million over four years
· Mungindi River Park revitalisation $76 038
· Myall Creek (Dalby) Linear Park – Amos Street Precinct Project $334 955