Funds for bootcamp and more overtaking lanes in Budget
ONGOING funding for the second year of the early-intervention bootcamp and more money for overtaking lanes on the Bruce Hwy are some of the Budget positives for the Maryborough electorate.
Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said it also meant increased funding to the Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service, $2.261 million in the 2014 calendar year for the Great Results Guarantee for schools and money for early warning flood monitoring and library resources.
She said roads would get a boost with $2 million allocated for the Gympie Rd -Woongool Rd upgrade and $3 million towards the Tinana Interchange.
Mrs Maddern said boaties would be happy funding had been allocated to progress the new Burrum Heads boat ramp and to upgrade the Beaver Rock Boat Ramp to two lanes.
She said $1 million will be made available to non-government organisations to deliver specialist homelessness services aimed at both reducing the number of homeless people and the number of people becoming homeless and $770,000 had been allocated to provide supported accommodation in Maryborough.
"It is most satisfying to know that the LNP government with the formulation and presentation of this budget has taken one more step in the plan to make Queensland the most prosperous state in Australia with the very best level of front line services to the community and all without any new taxes or increases in existing taxes", Mrs Maddern said.
"We know there is more work to do but the plan is in place and step-by-step we will achieve our goals".
She said Budget was part of a long-term plan to build a brighter future for Queensland and the Maryborough electorate.
"A short two years ago, the LNP Government inherited a financial state of affairs completely out of control and front line services in disarray and not meeting the needs of the community," Mrs Maddern said.
"In that short time we have assessed the situation, developed a long-term plan to bring the budget back under control while at the same time delivering and growing efficient front-line services particularly in the areas of health, education, community safety, roads and infrastructure.
"The final part of the plan is developing a strategy to pay down some of the accumulated debt and provide funding for future infrastructure development which is so vital to the growth of the Queensland economy and the well being of our communities", Mrs Maddern said.
For more Budget information, go to Mrs Maddern's electorate office in Lennox St or go online to www.budget.qld.gov.au.