Bonanza Queensland State Budget 2017 a big win for locals

Treasurer Curtis Pitt handed down his third budget today and it includes a raft of new investment to benefit the Caboolture Region.

State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan and State Member for Pumicestone Rick Williams welcomed the Budget and said that it was another positive outcome for our community.

“When Labor was elected in 2015, we came to government promising a better way and we’re continuing to deliver that with the budget handed down this afternoon,” Mr Ryan said.

“This budget continues the work our Government has embarked on, particularly in restoring frontline services, improving our schools, boosting our hospitals and getting people back to work.”

Mr Williams said he was particularly excited that the Government was committing funds to advance a major upgrade and redevelopment of the Caboolture Hospital.

“On top of that, the Caboolture Hospital’s Emergency Department will also receive an immediate expansion, with $19.6 million allocated to provide fourteen new treatment spaces, four consultation rooms and a treatment room,” Mr Williams said.

“This expansion will almost double the current ED capacity and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.”

Mr Ryan said that funding was also allocated for local infrastructure projects which will generate jobs as well as deliver positive outcomes for locals.

“Last year I was able to announce that Morayfield Train Station would receive a much-needed upgrade and this year I’m pleased to confirm that the funding is locked in for this $15 million project to get started,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are continuing to improve infrastructure in local schools with over $7 million being invested in local schools to construct and refurbish classrooms and teaching areas.

“In addition, funding is also locked in to start construction on the new $22 million Caboolture Police Station and Watchhouse Replacement Project.”

Mr Ryan said that the budget made jobs a priority and the Caboolture Region would benefit from the Government’s focus on jobs.

“Above all else, this is a jobs budget,” Mr Ryan said.

“That’s why I’m excited to see that that a dedicated Regional Action Plan will help to boost investment and promote jobs in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay.”

Mr Williams also welcomed the announcement that the Back to Work program was expanding into South East Queensland.

“I’m pleased that the Palaszczuk Government’s successful Back to Work program will be expanded into the Caboolture Region,” Mr Williams said.

“Back to Work South East Queensland will offer incentives for employers to hire a long-term unemployed or young unemployed jobseeker in our region.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s economic plan is delivering jobs and it will continue to deliver even more jobs for Queenslanders.”

Mr Ryan said the Government was achieving good economic outcomes and getting more people back to work with sensible, targeted investment without selling state-owned assets.

“I’m proud to be part of this government that is delivering a better way for our community,” Mr Ryan said.

 

Local Budget Highlights                                     

Education

$4,620,009 of $7,520,000 to construct additional classrooms at Caboolture Special School

$1,600,000 of $2,000,000 to construct additional classrooms at Morayfield State High School

$350,000 to refurbish Block G Special Ed at Morayfield East State School

$250,000 to refurbish Block 2 and 27 at Caboolture East State School

$250,000 to refurbish Teaching Block at Tullawong State School

$200,000 to refurbish Block U at Caboolture State High School

$25,000 of $50,000 to refurbish amenities at Caboolture Special School

Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

$1.5 million in 2017-18 to assist persons under 65, or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person aged under 50, with a disability.

$17.7 million to assist people with a disability and their families to access the support and services they need as they move through the different stages of their life.

$123,110 as part of a $492,440 commitment over four years to support and enhance community relations with people from diverse linguistic and cultural programs.

$1.7 million as part of a $6.97 million commitment over four years to provide out-of-home care placement services to ensure children and young people in need of protection are supported and safe.

$2.2 million as part of an $8.86 million commitment over four years to provide family support services to work with vulnerable families to help improve parenting skills and give parents the support they need to prevent problems from escalating to crisis point.

$6.54 million as part of a $26 million commitment over four years to provide out-of-home care placement services to ensure children and young people in need of protection are supported and safe.

$714,562 as part of a $2.86 million commitment over four years to provide child protection support services that help support children and families meet case plan goals.

$597,307 as part of a $2.4 million commitment over four years to provide domestic and family violence services to improve the safety and wellbeing of victims and their children, particularly those in high risk situations.

$4.17 million as part of a $16.7 million commitment over four years to provide family support services to work with vulnerable families to help improve parenting skills and give parents the support they need to prevent problems from escalating to crisis point.

$1.29 million as part of a $5.16 million commitment over four years to provide domestic and family violence services to improve the safety and wellbeing of victims and their children, particularly those in high risk situations.

$900,468 as part of a $3.6 million commitment over four years to provide support to vulnerable individuals and assist them to get their lives back on track.

$115,375 as part of a $461,498 commitment over four years to provide programs and increase the ability for individuals and community groups to participate positively in their community.

$668,017 as part of a $2.67 million commitment over four years to provide support for young people at risk of disconnection, focusing service delivery efforts on building their connections to their families and the community.

National Parks, Sport and Racing

$183,333 as part of a $333,333 commitment for the construction of a multi-purpose hall at Burpengary State School.

$50,000 as part of a $100,000 commitment to upgrade clubhouse, including modifications to change rooms and toilets, and to extend the existing building to include canteen and undercover areas to support Australian football, netball and cricket at Burpengary

$50,000 as part of a $100,000 commitment to construct a stable facility to support equestrian sports in Burpengary.

$50,000 as part of a $100,000 commitment to upgrade lighting, including electrical system, new poles and LED lights, on tennis courts to support tennis at Caboolture.

Housing and Public Works

$4.98 million to complete construction of 20 units of accommodation.

Transport and Main Roads

Funding to commence the $15 million upgrade of Morayfield Train Station, to provide independent accessibility

$30 million in funding for an upgrade of the Deception Bay Road interchange on the Bruce Highway

Queensland Reconstruction Authority

It is estimated that $225,000 in 2017-18 will be provided to Moreton Bay Regional Council for recovery and reconstruction projects in partnership with the Australian Government.

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