Local politicians roll out their state budget wishlist

WE want a high school in Calliope, and for Gladstone Port to be taken off  the list of possible public asset sales.

That's the message being sent from local politicians to Treasurer Tim Nicholls in anticipation of next week's state budget announcement.

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham is also strongly identifying the Gladstone Base Hospital as being in desperate need of funding.

"It can be statistically shown by the number of presentations at the accident and emergency department that we need a significant increase in the size and capacity," Mrs Cunningham said.

"I've spoken to the Health Minister Lawrence Springborg and the health advisor Andrew Bibb, who have both acknowledged the heavy work load experienced by A & E. I've been seeking financial commitment to start this work."

Seeking to retain funding of $12.5 million to see the Kin Kora roundabout to completion, a high school for Calliope, continued improvement of Gladstone-Benaraby Rd and funding for flood proofing the Boyne Valley are other key areas of consideration for our local member.

Mayor Gail Sellers is also strongly focused on improving local health services in Gladstone, and the availability of youth services.

In light of continued developments, infrastructure planning is a key consideration for the Mayor.

"Funds from Royalties for the Regions program to only be available to those local governments that are genuinely impacted upon by resource development activity," Cr Sellers said.

"They should not be used to fund State Government responsibilities.

"Our community would prefer that the Port of Gladstone not be on the list for sale."



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