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.
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.
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