Budget allocates $204 million to Wide Bay disaster recovery

IMPROVING road safety and strengthening local emergency services is the focus for the Wide Bay region in the Queensland Budget.

The regional road network is a key recipient in the State Budget, handed down on Tuesday, with the State Government allocating more than $35 million to improve road safety around Gin Gin.

The works are jointly funded with the Federal Government.

More than $20 million will go towards a $50 million deviation project at Cabbage Tree Creek on the Bruce Hwy at Gin Gin while $17.5 million will be spent on similar works at Back Creek Range, also near Gin Gin.

The Wide Bay region will also share in $203.7 million in disaster recovery and reconstruction funding.

"Wide Bay residents have been the hardest hit by this year's natural disasters and that's why in the budget we've allocated $203.7 million for local government recovery and reconstruction projects," Treasurer Tim Nicholls said.

Hervey Bay and Bundaberg will also share in $2.8 million for new oral health services in 2013-14 while $325,000 will be injected into a establishing an autism early intervention facility in Bundaberg.

A tendering process is currently under way to establish a government-initiated youth boot camp in the Fraser Coast-Sunshine Coast region.

The boot camp trials, which will also be rolled out in Townsville and Rockhampton, will cost $3.1 million next financial year.

A site for the Fraser-Sunshine Coast trial has not been selected yet.

As part of a statewide push to revamp national parks, the State Government has directed $25.8 million into capital works, including $2.2 million to upgrade the Mon Repos Park in Bundaberg.

For full budget coverage, grab a copy of Wednesday's Fraser Coast Chronicle.



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