13 June 2017
Treasurer Curtis Pitt has today handed down the Palaszczuk Government’s third budget, which will see another surplus delivered for Queenslanders.
Described as a traditional Labor Budget and a Budget for battlers and builders, Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd said that it was a budget she was proud to deliver for the community.
“This budget for Pine Rivers is about me seeing my projects through to completion and delivering on the election commitments and announcements that I have made over the last 3 years” Ms Boyd said.
“My priorities have been seeing investment into Education, critical infrastructure, transport, roads and of course continuing the repairs to our vital community services cut so severely under the previous LNP government” Ms Boyd said
The much anticipated Bray Park High School hall will receive $2.8 million out of $3 million total project cost, with the project going out to tender shortly. Lawnton State School will see $155,455 of $605,455 to refurbish blocks A and C at the school.
“Announced in my first budget, $3.3 million will be delivered of the $15.3 million total project cost for Strathpine station accessibility upgrade. Cross River Rail will be started in this year, seeing more seats on trains, more frequent services and some 18,500 less cars on the road once it is completed. Already our Fairer Fares are saving the average commuter in Pine Rivers just under $900 a year” Ms Boyd remarked.
There will be $1.8 million of the $3 million Dixon St and Gympie Rd intersection upgrade, with concept plans on the project now available to the community.
“Better accessibility along Gympie Road will be needed. The Dixon St and Petrie Roundabout project upgrades are long overdue and will see a major bottleneck addressed in our growing community,” Ms Boyd said.
“Since my election, Labor budgets have delivered an investment of over $18.5 million to the North Pine Dam and Water Treatment Plant, including the $6 million allocated to upgrade the North Pine Water Treatment Plant in this year’s budget.” Ms Boyd said
Community, Disability, Child, Family and Youth services Support will receive a $20,987,935 investment this budget in projects totalling $42,819,411. Included in this is $9 million towards transition to NDIS for disability services in the region.