The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget was handed down today by Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
The Government promised an innovative and no frills Budget that will pay down $9.4 billion worth of debt without selling assets.
The government says the Budget recognises the importance of rural and regional Queensland, injecting much needed funding into South Western Queensland.
“Regional and rural Queensland are part of Queensland’s core – they fundamentally shape who and what we are as a State,” says Mr Pitt.
Murweh Mayor Denis Cook is happy with the outcome of the budget, with money going towards important infrastructure upgrades such as the Charleville Aiport through the Royalties to Regions program.
How the Budget will benefit Murweh and Maranoa Shires:
Building our Regions Program:
“We have decided to bring forward an initial $100 million in funding for the Building our Regions program this financial year,” says Mr Pitt.
– $180 million for a new hospitals refurbishment program
– Roma Hospital is one of the lucky 4 regional hospitals to benefit from this funding
– $300 million over four years spent on school maintenance
“We will see schools refurbished across the length and breadth of Queensland – local projects that will benefit painters, plasterers, carpenters, tillers and floorers, electricians, plumbers and other traders right around the State,” says Mr Pitt.
– Over $50 million towards drought relief including emergency rebates, freight subsidies
– Further support will also go towards mental health support and biosecurity initiatives such as wild dog eradication
Regional Road Upgrades:
– $40million towards a western roads funding package
– Murweh Shire will see multiple road upgrades and the renewal of the Nive River Bridge