Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed the 2018-19 State Budget as one that delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitments and particularly invests in local infrastructure.
“This budget is focused on delivering frontline services and the infrastructure our State needs,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“That key issues in last year’s election have so promptly been addressed is important and meet my priorities.”
Highlights include $45 million in 2018-19 to complete the $1.143 billion Gateway Upgrade North (GUN) Project widening the Gateway Motorway to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge.
Other important infrastructure projects effecting the local road network receiving funding include:
• a feasibility study into a potential overpass at Beams Road over the train line at Fitzgibbon,
• detailed design work of a new Gympie Arterial Road-Hoyland Street interchange at Bald Hills, and
• completion of design of a dedicated left-turn lane and on-ramp at the Gympie Arterial Road-Linkfield Connection Road Street interchange at Bald Hills.
The Budget saw announcements of $665,000 in maintenance and minor works across nine schools in the Sandgate electorate including $150,000 to refurbish Block B classrooms at Shorncliffe State School. Also the pre-school literacy initiative, known as First 5 Forever, has been allocated $13,700 to run the program at local libraries.
Previously announced local projects and elections commitments have been funded in the Budget including:
• $1.3 million for upgrading boating infrastructure at Cabbage Tree Creek,
• $4.3 million for the Shorncliffe Train Station restoration,
• $1.5 million in 2018-19 out of a total $6 million project to expand, upgrade and replace the Sandgate fire and rescue station with a new station at Bracken Ridge, and
• $5.5 million to transform a government-owned warehouse at Zillmere into an indoor sports complex to be a new home for Northside Wizards Basketball (with a large membership in the Sandgate electorate).
Since the 2015 election, the Palaszczuk Government has improved frontline health and education services across Brisbane by employing an extra 1,374 nurses, 395 doctors, 981 teachers and 248 teacher aides.