Region wins with $250m for repairs in Qld budget

A THIRD of the funding for the Wide Bay region - covering from Bundaberg to Gympie and out to Kingaroy - will go on helping repair the region, with $250 million of $720 million going on "recovery and reconstruction".

Treasurer Tim Nicholls will tell Parliament this is a worker budget - one of building and fortifying the state - "not one of flashy new announcements and programs".

Bundaberg will score $7.5 million for its new oral health facility, while Hervey Bay will be given $6.4 million to keep building its own.

Kingaroy Police Station has earned a $2.9 million upgrade.

Bundaberg's Watch House will finish installing CCTV cameras at a cost of $300,000.

Bundaberg, Gympie, North Burnett and South Burnett councils areas will share $30.7 million for seven projects out of the state's Royalties for Regions fund, to be spent on waste treatment, flood mitigation and road upgrades.

Mr Nicholls said the lack of headline-grabbing promises will allow the government to achieve a small surplus of $188 million by mid-2015.

WIDE BAY BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

 

Some of the projects funded in the 2014 State Budget. Source: Qld Government.
Some of the projects funded in the 2014 State Budget. Source: Qld Government.


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