MPs call for budget to uphold slew of election promises
THE region's Opposition MPs and sole Queensland One Nation representative are playing hard ball when it comes to this year's State Budget.
With the election result fresh in their minds and staring down the barrel of a long four year term, Whitsunday MP Amanda Camm, Burdekin MP Dale Last and Mirani MP Stephen Andrew have all demanded the State Government make good on its election promises.
Ms Camm said she would fight to ensure her electorate received its fair share.
"With the government delivering a budget and estimates to follow I will ensure that the commitments the government made to the Whitsunday and Mackay region during the election campaign are included," she said.
"(This includes) dialysis for the Proserpine Hospital, Skyway Project funding, Mackay Bucasia Road duplication funding and other major announcements in regards to water pricing for farming."
Mr Andrew said he had already written almost thirty letters to the Premier and relevant ministers requesting they allocate funds in the budget to their election commitments for Mirani.
He has also requested more funding and support for other critical projects in Mirani which are yet to receive a commitment from the government.
He said this included $280,000 in funding for Palmyra Dragway, electricity reforms, government investment in the Mt Morgan Mine and nearby Fireclay Caverns rehabilitation project, a new Ambulance Station for Marian or Eton, two new high schools built in Ooralea and Gracemere and a commitment for more water infrastructure to be built in the region, among others.
Burdekin MP Dale Last said he wanted the budget to address essential services in his electorate, being health and roads.
"I want to see the Peak Downs and Bruce Highway upgrades fully funded and started as soon as possible," Mr Last said.
"With regards to health, there were commitments made to upgrades at the Bowen hospital and the Moranbah hospital. I want to see those commitments fully funded and underway as soon as possible.
"We already know that the Queensland Budget will include a huge debt bill so, until we see the figures, I will be focusing on the essentials that the people of the electorate not only need but deserve."
He said job creating projects, such as a Bowen food processing plant, a space launch facility at Bowen and upgrades to the Brandon Rice Mill, were also on his agenda.
A spokeswoman for Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the budget "would be delivering all the election commitments of the Palaszczuk Government".
A government spokesman said: "Annastacia Palaszczuk is a Premier for all of Queensland and the Palaszczuk Government intends on delivering on all of its election commitments".
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