Federal Budget means little to Gladstone, Mayor says
GLADSTONE Mayor Gail Sellers described this week's Federal Budget as a non-event for Gladstone.
But she remained hopeful the region would see a portion of the $4.1 billion set aside for upgrades to the Bruce Highway.
"Other than the carryover funding for ongoing projects like Calliope Crossroads, Yeppen Bridge at Rockhampton and the Bruce Highway entrances to Gin Gin, there is no detail as to where this money will be spent and when," she said.
"$12.2m has been allocated to black spot funding, and hopefully some may filter down to upgrade the dangerous Benaraby intersection.
"There's also just under $200m allocated to Queensland road upgrades for councils and we are hoping the Gladstone region will share in this."
Last week, Deputy Mayor Cr Matt Burnett remained confident three priority projects in the region - the Kin Kora roundabout, Philip St Precinct and Benaraby Junction - would receive funding from the budget.
But Cr Sellers said on Wednesday it wasn't likely this financial year.
Gladstone state independent MP Liz Cunningham said she was unaware of any new funding for the Gladstone region as part of this week's federal budget.
"There was certainly no mention in the budget of key pressure areas in the region such as health, housing and road network issues," Mrs Cunningham said.
"Some of these could be argued as state responsibilities, yet comment was made about additional spending on health to the states.
"With the growth here and the economic benefit generated by this region, we need some recognition of the ensuing pressures."
Mrs Cunningham said she hoped parents and children with disabilities would benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but warned it will take time for benefits to flow.