Editorial: Budget a Bundy job generator

Editorial: BUNDABERG has fared well with Labor's first State Budget, with vital projects to bring jobs to the region receiving much needed funding.

When former premier Campbell Newman announced the gas pipeline project in August last year, he said it could create around 100 new full-time jobs, and 600 indirect jobs.

And in the budget, $12 million towards the $15 million project has been allocated.

There's no denying that Bundaberg needs this type of injection into the local economy to create jobs for the region.

In fact, the whole budget has been tagged as one to boost job numbers, with the State Government's infrastructure program alone expected to support 1500 jobs.

Other areas which will see more jobs is education and health, with 11 new teacher positions for schools in the region, and health getting an injection of $2.2 million for cardiology services, $4.9 million for ophthalmology services and $2.7 million for other health care services.

Time will tell if the budget boost for the Bundaberg region will result directly in jobs.



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