Gladstone mostly misses out on Abbott funding pledges
GLADSTONE again missed out on federal funding promises when Opposition Leader Tony Abbott swung past on Thursday.
While Rockhampton received $500,000 towards a new sport stadium and $2.5 million for the cattle industry, all Gladstone will get is a share in Bruce Hwy upgrades.
When asked if he has any plans for our region, Mr Abbott said the best thing he can do is produce a strong economy.
"The fundamental task of government is to produce a strong economy," he said.
"If the economy is strong we can have better schools... better hospitals and have more local infrastructure," he said.
"The reason why... the Coalition is prepared to make such a large investment in the Bruce Hwy, is because the Bruce Hwy is serious economic infrastructure that will have massive economic returns."
But he admitted Flynn has a lot more issues than just the Bruce Hwy.
"Flynn is the centre of coal mining," Mr Abbott said.
"Obviously there is a cement works here, there is aluminium smelting in Gladstone, this is why the carbon tax has been such a problem for this area and the great thing that we can do for the electorate of Flynn is abolish the carbon tax."