Queensland Budget 2017: Toowoomba wins 4300 jobs
THE Queensland Government will spend up on education and infrastructure across Toowoomba in this year's budget.
Chinchilla State High School's new multi-purpose hall received $3.6 million and Tara Shire State College has $1.3m to put towards its new early years' service.
Highfields State Secondary College scored $1.9m for new buildings, Wilsonton State High School will spend its $3.6m on a new multi-purpose hall, Lockyer District State High School has $1.2m for a hall upgrade and Centenary Heights State High School has $930,000 to put towards master planning and redevelopment.
Roads took up a large chunk of the region's funding with about $114m to be spent on Warrego Highway upgrades.
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing scored $252.5m while $24.5m will pay for tracks and tunnels on the Toowoomba Range Capacity and Clearance project.
About $4.7m will be spent on new overtaking lanes on the New England Highway between Yarraman and Toowoomba.
Major infrastructure project spending included $15.4m for investigations into underground coal gasification in the region; $4.7m for the Swanbank Power Station's gas supply strategy; $11.8m for the Kogan Creek Power Station upgrades; and $1.7m for the Braemar Substation.
The Kogan Creek Mine redevelopment scored $8.2m.
Highfields Police Station has $100,000 for its replacement and upgrade project while $630,000 went to the Charlton Fire and Rescue regional headquarters upgrade.
Drayton Ambulance Station received $100,000 for its ongoing works
About $20m will be used to expand social housing across the Darling Downs; $3.7m will fund specialist homeless services; and $1.5m will support entrepreneurs, industry and educational institutions to turn "great ideas into products".
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the budget would support 4300 jobs across the Darling Downs in 2017-18. - NewsRegional