What Queenslanders want from the state budget 2016

Queensland's Labor Government will hand down its second budget on Tuesday.

Lower-than-expected mining royalties and taxes will deliver a $3 billion hit to revenue and taxes are expected to reap $350 million less than forecast in the mid-year budget update.

The ABC asked Queenslanders what they wanted to see from the Labor Government.

Small business owner: Rockhampton

Lewis Pickering, small business owner in Rockhampton   Lewis Pickering wants to see reduced red tape for small businesses. (ABC News: Blythe Moore)

Lewis Pickering owns a takeaway food shop in central Rockhampton and said the tough economic times in central Queensland were having an impact on his business.

"A lot of people we normally get every day, every now and then we start to see them disappearing because they've lost their job, or moved away to find some work in the same industry or they've been transferred somewhere else," he said.

Mr Pickering said he would also like to see red tape reduced for small business owners, however he believed that new infrastructure funding might help boost the local economy more.

"Obviously with the build site there would be a lot more people working but it depends on what the infrastructure is," he said.

"You see a lot of regional cities slowly dying because they've done bypasses and so forth, so that would be a big downfall for Rockhampton.

"But if we do some of those things I'd like to see a lot more of our roads fixed up.

"Everyone who comes to Rockhampton complains about our roads, especially in the city, so if they could do more work on that, [it would] mean more people are in the city keeping the city alive."

Apprentice: Cairns

Cairns apprentice Jayden Dowdle  Jayden Dowdle hopes the budget will provide more incentives to larger companies to employ apprentices. (ABC Local: Mark Rigby)

Second-year apprentice Jayden Dowdle, 20, was made redundant in November last year because the diesel mechanic workshop that employed him could not afford to keep him on.

Despite applying for apprenticeships all over the state, more than six months later he was still without a job.

"I think it comes down to a lack of work and small businesses not being able to afford to put more apprentices on," he said.

"From speaking with my former employer I understand that putting an apprentice on is pretty expensive.

"They weren't making enough money on trucks coming through the workshop.

"They get some government incentives but even then it's a big mission for employers to put an apprentice on."

Mr Dowdle hoped the budget would provide more incentives to larger companies so that employing apprentices would be more attractive to them.

"The bigger mining companies look for a lot of skilled trades, but not necessarily when it comes to apprentices," he said.

"If they were given an incentive or budget to put on more apprentices there'd be more training opportunities for younger people in situations like mine."

Child care and protection: Sunshine Coast

Mother of five Sally-Ann Klaassen said families need more help to make ends meet.   Mother of five Sally-Ann Klaassen said families need more help to make ends meet. (Supplied: Kylie Bartholomew)

Sunshine Coast mother of five Sally-Ann Klaassen believes strongly in supporting young families and protecting children.

Ms Klaassen, who works in youth services, wants the budget to provide more money and support than it does now, especially to child protection services.

"I know how hard it is to raise children in today's world," she said.

"To lose any of that would be criminal, the need is to add to that not lose anything."

She said demand had increased for services to help young families from the hospital to the home.

She wants the state to do more to help those struggling to make ends meet.

"Finding the capacity to meet the daily needs of housing, clothing, feeding the children, let alone educating them and then meeting their health needs," she said.

Farming: Mackay

Michael Deguara   Michael Deguara wants to see his Mackay cane harvest contribute to biofuels. (ABC News: Sophie Kesteven)

Surrounded by fields of sugar cane near Mackay, north Queensland, it is apparent Michael Deguara's business thrives off the sweeter things in life.

"I'm fourth generation farmer," the 43-year-old said.

But Mr Deguara wants his sugar to go further than just the average cup of tea; he would like to see his harvest contributing to biofuels as well.

Mr Deguara hopes the upcoming 2016 Queensland budget will address the need for biofuels while also taking the average farmer into account as well.

"The sugarcane plant is a pretty diverse plant, it can be used for many different things other than sugar," he said.

"Yet farmers on the majority ... all you get paid for is your sugar you send in with your crop. Anything else that is made out of that rests with the miller.

"I would like to see the development of biofuels, but I would like to see in that development process actual rules and legislation on how some of that money stream could flow back direct to the farmer."

Family: Bundaberg

Ken Barritt at his Bundaberg butcher shop on June 8, 2016   The major issues of interest to butcher Ken Barritt are the high cost of children's sport and electricity prices. (ABC Local: Ross Kay)

Ken Barritt lives with his family in Bundaberg, where he has owned a butcher shop for two decades.

The major issues of interest to him in the state budget are the high cost of children's sport and electricity prices.

His children attend one of the local state schools and are getting to the age where sport is a big part of their lives.

"The cost of the uniforms and the shoes and the yearly memberships ... it gets increasingly harder every year," he said.

"They get picked in a rep team and they have to go away, so it's a bit more cost, but you don't want to deny your kids that fresh outdoor living.

"You want to encourage your kids to get out rather than sit at home in front of the TV."

Electricity prices were also a big concern for him.

He pays up to $7,000 a quarter, and if it was not for his rooftop solar, it would come in around $10,000.

Mr Barritt said to save, he had upgraded cabinets and motors to be more efficient.

"No matter how much we seem to reduce our usage, they seem to increase the price quicker than we can reduce our demand — I can't just turn a fridge off," he said.

Source: ABC News

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