Observer/Zinc headlines Sept 12
IT WAS always going to be a tight budget - and anyone who thought otherwise was kidding themselves.
With the slash-and-burn philosophy currently besieging every facet of the State Government and its departments, it is not at all surprising the funds have been spread pretty thinly on the ground - especially in regions such as Gladstone.
The Newman government has taken a painfully single-dimensional view to this region and its needs.
Once again, Gladstone region has been typecast and the funding apportioned based solely on industry.
To its credit, the government has kept its word on the provision of solid funding for social and public housing.
That is undeniably vital. But each and every person who utilised the results of that funding will have cause to call on ancillary services - and basic social infrastructure - at one time or another.
Funding has been allocated for industry too. But analysis of the budget papers shows Gladstone has come up all but empty handed in areas of health, education and disability support.
In the past we have asked not to be thrown the crumbs - but this time around we didn't even get a look in with those.
In a time of economic conservatism and dramatic rationalisation, it is not a shock. It is, however, still very disappointing.
This region continues to be an engine room. And the impacts of that have been visible. We are a community under strain.
Every single essential and social amenity is being stretched and there is only so much more load it can bear.
Campbell Newman will have some tough questions to answer when next he arrives in Gladstone region.
And at the top of the list will be how he can justify the denial of essential funding to a region which is so obviously in need.