Gladstone Regional Council has unveiled its Federal Government 2021 budget regional advocacy priorities including a new additions wish list.
Gladstone Regional Council has unveiled its Federal Government 2021 budget regional advocacy priorities including a new additions wish list.

Council outlines federal budget priorities

Gladstone Regional Council has outlined its regional advocacy priorities ahead of the Federal Government’s budget reveal on Tuesday.

The regional advocacy priorities are as follows:

– Gladstone Heavy Vehicle Transport Corridor

Inland Rail

– Gladstone Coal Exporters Sports Complex/Harvey Road Sports Precinct Redevelopment

– Boyne Tannum Aquatic Centre (BTARC)

Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail (BBRIT)

– Jump Start City Heart

– Age Friendly Community – options for senior’s lifestyle rather than infrastructure

– Distribution Priority Area (DPA) for General Practitioners

– Federal Assistance Grants – align with LGAQ advocacy in this region

– Drought Communities Program Extension – support economic and community recovery from drought by continuing to provide funding to drought-declared councils, up to and including two years following the lifting of a drought declaration.

Atop the Gladstone Regional Council’s new additions wishlist is as follows:

– Hydrogen & Renewables – policy initiatives supporting regions to develop as green energy hubs

– Transition Economy – policy initiatives to support impacted transitioning regions

– Manufacturing & Skills Development – policy initiatives to support advanced manufacturing in region for manufacturing of renewable components, green chemicals, and general manufacturing. Funding for skills development in modern technology areas.