$572m spend for Wide Bay in State Budget

THE Wide Bay will benefit from a $572.5 million infrastructure spend to be announced in today's State Budget.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said for the first time Wide Bay's regional budget statement will outline how much of the total budget will flow to the region.

She said locals wanted and deserved to know exactly what is in the budget for the Wide Bay region.

"We won't be talking in broad brush strokes and we won't be trying to sell southern infrastructure spend as being of benefit to our area like the LNP did," she said.

"We have put dollar figures on exactly how much the Wide Bay will receive from the health budget, our school maintenance program and estimated how many local jobs will be supported through our local infrastructure improvement program."

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said the Wide Bay infrastructure spend would support 1500 local jobs.

"This budget will deliver new road, health and education infrastructure as well as social services and grants," Mr Saunders said.

"We are investing in initiatives across the breadth and depth of the Wide Bay economy to support growth."

Ms Donaldson said the government hadn't forgotten Queensland's regions.

"By providing a regional highlights document that actually breaks down state-wide announcements we are showing exactly what will be delivered in our region," she said.

"Last year Wide Bay's regional budget statement didn't have any details for local roads - it instead boasted $321 million for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

"Their education section promised 10 new schools but there was no mention of the Wide Bay because each of those schools was for the south-east.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the budget would deliver for the Wide Bay.

"The Palaszczuk government ran on an election commitment to be open and transparent and that's why I want locals to know exactly what's in my budget for the Wide Bay," Mr Pitt said.

"At its heart this is a jobs budget which will deliver jobs now and create new jobs for the future.

"We are deliberately focussing on innovation, science and technology as part of our 'Advance Queensland' strategy because we know we have to diversify our economy with a focus on emerging industries.

"We also know that debt is too high on any measure, which is why I've handed down a restrained Budget to responsibly pay down debt without selling our state's income-generating assets.

"But being fiscally responsible doesn't mean we've forgotten the need for economic uplift in regions like the Wide Bay. That's why the Palaszczuk Government has allocated $572.5 million to infrastructure spending in the Wide Bay, which will support an estimated 1500 jobs locally."



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