Second Boyne River crossing on Mayor's budget wishlist

FUNDING for a second crossing over the Boyne River and to improve roads to the Port of Gladstone is on the Gladstone Mayor's wishlist as the federal budget is about to be released on Tuesday.

Mayor Gail Sellers said funding for the Benaraby intersection and to complete the four-laning of Phillip St also would be welcome.

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On the health front, the Mayor is hoping for funds to build a new accident and emergency block at Gladstone Hospital.

She'd also like to see increased resources and funds to deal with issues surrounding the increasing use of drugs such as ice in the community.

However, those wishes might be in vain, with the Federal Government confirming its intention to proceed with its proposed cuts to the health system in the May budget.

This means there will be $57 billion less for states to utilise in its health systems over seven years from 2018.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said the funding cuts would hurt Gladstone's growing, and ageing population.

"These cuts mean $11.8 billion less money for the Queensland health system, and that's going to really hit us in Gladstone," he said.

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