State budget brings disappointment for North Burnett
DEPUTY Premier and Treasurer of Queensland Jackie Trad announced the state budget this afternoon and the attention to regional Queensland has already begun to leave a bitter taste in North Burnett mouths.
Funding for all five projects listed in the budget, concerning the North Burnett, was already announced in previous years with the projects well under way.
"I'm not a fan of money being re-announced, it's like double dipping and nobody likes a double dipper,” Mayor Rachel Chambers said.
"I don't like the marketed message of "we didn't miss out in the budget” by re-announcing this funding when really there was nothing new in there at all.”
North Burnett projects mentioned in the budget were the Percy Hindmarsh Bridge replacement, Paradise Dam water supply refurbishment, Eidsvold Multi Purpose Health service, Gayndah Hospital Upgrade and Works for Queensland.
The only light Cr Chambers could see in the budget was the continuation of Works for Queensland.
Running since December 2016, the program provides funding to regional councils across the Wide Bay to undertake maintenance and minor infrastructure projects.
"Continuation of the Works for Queensland funding is great. Let's give credit where it's due,” Cr Chambers said.
Cr Chambers was disappointed that Paradise Dam repairs were once again linked to budget announcements for the region.
"Of course it needs to be done, no doubt there, it's just hard when it's used to add figures to the state's overall support of your region each year,” she said.
"There's a lot more advocacy work we must to do to receive the funding we need for this region.
"A lot more.”