Gladstone coal terminal gets $62.3m in state budget

THE RG Tanna Coal Terminal is a major winner in this year's State Budget.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Tuesday announced $62.3 million to upgrade the Port of Gladstone-based facility.

It was just one of the major spends in the government's $1.44 billion commitment for the Fitzroy region, which covers Gladstone, Rockhampton, Livingstone, Biloela and Emerald.

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The billion dollar boost includes $488 million for the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services; $892.9 million for health, utility, education and transport infrastructure; $50.1 million in disaster relief funding; and $12.175 million - or $48.7m over four years - to pay for school improvements.

Almost $34 million will go to the Callide Power Station at Biloela to ensure reliable and efficient electricity supplies for the region.

Roadwork funding includes $11.7 million to improve the Dawson Highway and Phillip Street intersection in Gladstone; and $9 million to widen sections of the Burnett Highway between Monto and Biloela.

Gladstone's watch house will get $780,000 to upgrade its closed circuit cameras.

Gladstone's public hospital was also a winner as the government promised it would begin works on the facility's emergency department

Environment pledges included $2.7 million for water management works at the abandoned Mount Morgan mine site to ensure contaminated water does not leak into the surrounding areas.

The Gladstone Conservation Council will get $25,000.

The government has promised to spend $100 million over the next five years improving the Great Barrier Reef, while a $15 million reef water quality protection plan will be formulated.  

Hopes the Gladstone Foundation would receive funding have not been met.  

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • $16 million for the $19.1 million project redeveloping the Gladstone South zone substation.

Gladstone Area Water Board capital purchases plan:

  • $6.7 million for Yarwun Water Treatment Plant interconnection to increase th plant capacity.
  • $4.2 million for offline water storage between Awoonga Dam and Gladstone.
  • $3.3 million for replacement of the variable frequency drives at Awoonga Dam.
  • $2.1 million for upgrade of the filter media at Gladstone Water Treatment Plant.
  • $1.7 million for the upgrade of the South Trees Bridge to maintain pipeline integrity.
  • $1.3 million for the rationalisation of land tenure for Lake Awoonga.

The Department of State Development is planning a $2.8 million for land acquisition in the Gladstone Materials Transport and Services Corridor.

Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited has allocated $98.1 million towards ongoing development at the Port of Gladstone and additional works at the Port of Bundaberg and Port of Rockhampton.

The State Government has committed $105.9 million in capital grants for councils in the Fitzroy region. 

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