Federal commitment sees Bruce Hwy upgrade move ahead
GROCERY prices will not be affected by higher fuel prices and the Bruce Hwy upgrade between Cooroy and Gympie will be moving ahead, as part of a federal commitment to Queensland infrastructure.
Gympie's Federal Wide Bay MP Warren Truss said big infrastructure commitments in the budget would include 45 new projects for upgrading the Bruce Hwy, including ongoing work on the Cooroy to Curra upgrade, to proceed on schedule.
The new projects would come on top of 16 ongoing projects through the 10-year Fix the Bruce Hwy plan, with a federal contribution this year of $6.7 billion.
Gympie would get its share of $2.5 billion for the Roads to Recovery program and $565 million allocated for Black Spots projects.
Motorists will be hit harder as will rural medical service users, with the $7 Medicare "co-payment."
Social equity issues, including a claimed reduction in education opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled young people and a tougher future for carers, were also points of criticism in the Federal Budget, released in Canberra on Tuesday night.
Little Haven Palliative Care manager Sue Manton said the organisation did not expect much help from the budget and was preparing for tighter times.
Gympie will receive funding for CCTV cameras in the CBD, new training for the Gympie Landcare Green Army, help with buildings at Cooloola Christian College and money for site facilities for the Gympie Music Muster and Farmers.
The Queensland Farmers Federation acknowledged the region's important agricultural sector would share the pain of a tight budget.
Welfare groups were generally expecting tighter times.
Gympie CCTV cameras - $63,000
Gympie Landcare Green Army - training funds
Cooloola Christian College buildings - $545,000
Cooloola Coast medical refurbishment - $120,000
Gympie Music Muster site facilities - $450,000
Bruce Hwy Cooroy to Curra Section A Cooroy to Sankeys Rd - $295 million
Section C Traveston Rd to Keefton Rd - $500 million