IT’S A GAS: Pipeline project included in $668m budget spend

BUNDABERG'S gas pipeline, emergency services and hospitals are among the big winners of the Wide Bay region's $668 million State Budget spend.

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The region, which covers Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Kingaroy, Nanango and Gympie, scored a minimum $668.2 million boost under Treasurer Curtis Pitt's first budget on Tuesday.

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.

Among Tuesday's commitments was $12 million to continue the Bundaberg Gas Pipeline project.

And $2 million was set aside for the city's new ambulance station while $4 million will go towards Bundaberg's new fire and rescue station.

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About $5 million will be spent fixing the Burnett River Bridge on the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road and the spillway works at Paradise Dam attracted $11.4 million.

A total of $1.3 million will be spent replacing  CT scanners in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

Bundaberg will also 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.

Education commitments included $210,000 for maintenance at the city's special school.

At least $1.25 million will be spent on the Port of Bundaberg Bulk Liquids Wharf.

Hopes the Childers hydrotherapy pool would receive funding were dashed. 

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

- APN NEWSDESK



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