The State Government says its budget will support 4300 jobs in the Toowoomba region.
The State Government says its budget will support 4300 jobs in the Toowoomba region.

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.

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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.

WHAT'S IN THE BUDGET FOR TOOWOOMBA (PDF)

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

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