GLADSTONE REGION BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher has welcomed the 2018-19 State Budget that delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitments and invests hundreds of millions of dollars in the regional economy.

“I am so proud to be part of a government that is supporting Gladstone’s industrial development and providing the infrastructure that will serve our communities long into the future,” he said at State Parliament today.

A further $9.6 million out of a total of $36.6 million has been allocated for safety works on the Bruce Highway between Benaraby and Calliope River, as well as $7.5 million out of a total of $20.4 million on various safety and intersection upgrades on the Gladstone-Benaraby Road.

And $11.9 million is allocated to support job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure works across local councils in CQ as part of the Works for Queensland program.

There is $91,000 for regional councils to provide pre-school literacy sessions – known as First 5 Forever – at libraries in Central Queensland, honouring an election commitment.

Major projects

  • $35.6 million out of $220.3 million to upgrade and maintain the RG Tanna Coal Terminal at the Port of Gladstone
  • $26.8 million in 2018-19 for the $42 million construction of a new emergency department at Gladstone Hospital
  • $1 million out of a total of $11.7 million to develop the next stage of the Clinton Industrial Estate to support economic development and the Gladstone State Development Area
  • $1.3 million out of $7 million for the Kirkwood Pump Station project to supply treated water to the new reservoir
  • $1.7 million out of the total $4.7 million to complete the Step Up – Step Down 10-bed adult mental health facility in Gladstone.
  • $2.6 million out of $65.7 million for planning and development of regionally significant industrial land close to the Port of Gladstone
  • $21.9 million out of $82.7 million to upgrade the capacity of the North Coast Line between Central Queensland and Townsville
  • There is $66 million to support the $352 million project to build Rookwood Weir, which will provide long-term security of supply to support future industrial expansion in Gladstone.
  • $467,000 to renew and enhance water infrastructure assets and water supply schemes for the Awoonga-Callide pipeline and there is $882,000 to renew and enhance infrastructure for the Callide water supply.

Education

  • $1.1 million out of $4.2 million to build additional classrooms at Toolooa State High School
  • $13.5 million out of the $22.9 million total spend to build the new high school at Calliope

Tourism

  • $340,000 in 2018-19 out of a $400,000 total spend to construct new day-use area and visitor access at Curtis Island National Park Connor Bluff Day Use Area
  • $450,000 in 2018-19 to redevelop and upgrade the North West Island campground

Since the 2015 election, the Palaszczuk Government has improved frontline health and education services in Central Queensland by employing an additional 77 doctors, 144 nurses, 137 teachers and 58 teacher aides.

“It is great to see funding for additional health and education services, building on the work the Palaszczuk Government has done since 2015 and I am delighted to see projects like Gladstone-Benaraby road upgrades and industrial land development at the Port of Gladstone receiving major investment in this 2018-19 Budget.

“We are delivering on our election commitments and investing heavily in Gladstone’s future.”