Millions for flood recovery won't be enough, Mayor says

HEALTH care and disaster-hit roadways have been the Fraser Coast's major winners in the State Budget.

About $203.7 million allocated to local government recovery in the Wide Bay will be shared across councils that suffered the most damage in the January flooding, including the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, North Burnett and South Burnett.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell welcomed the funding but warned it would not be enough to repair the extensive flood damage across the Wide Bay.

He said any funds allocated to the Fraser Coast would likely go to the heavily damaged road network.

About $65 million will also be poured into the Bruce Hwy during the next year to start the $790 million upgrade between Cooroy and Curra, but Cr Gerard O'Connell said it was not good enough.

"It's a safety issue, it's a people issue, it's an economic issue," he said.

"I would have thought that would be a bigger priority."

In the health sector, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board will get an extra $8.3 million, bringing its total operating budget for the next financial year to $449.2 million.

Separate funds of $2.8m have been allocated to new dental health clinics in Hervey and Bundaberg.



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