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Gympie Hospital master plan not included in State Budget

DREAMS of funding for a heritage railway project and the Gympie Hospital master plan hit a major road-block on Tuesday as the State Government delivered its first budget.

A number of key  projects were not included in Treasurer Curtis Pitt's commitments for the region.

The Bruce Highway and people with complex health needs were among the big winners of  the Wide Bay region's $668 million spend.

The Wide Bay covers Fraser Coast, Kingaroy, Nanango, Bundaberg and Gympie.

The multi-million dollar boost includes $572.5 million for health, utility, education and transport infrastructure; $37.7 million in disaster relief funding; and $14.5 million - or $58m over four years - to pay for school improvements.

The State Government has put aside $25.5 million for the on-going Curra to Cooroy Bruce Highway upgrade and a further $19 million will go towards improving and maintaining sections of the major arterial between Gympie and Maryborough.

The Mary Valley heritage railway project and funding relating to the delayed Gympie Hospital master plan were not included in the budget.

Also missing out were the Condo Creek Bridge flood proof project, a pedestrian crossing near Gympie South State School and expansion of the University of the Sunshine Coast Gympie campus.

Gympie will   benefit from a region-wide commitment of $2.2 million for cardiology services, $4.9 million for ophthalmology services and $2.7 million for other health care services.

Other Wide Bay region pledges included $24.8 million for public housing, $6.8 million for homeless support  and $25,000 to help indigenous communities with cultural and conservation projects.   

The State Government has committed $93.8 million in capital grants for councils in the Wide Bay region.

Supplied Qld Govt

- APN NEWSDESK



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