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State Budget 2019/20 - South Burnett roads overlooked again

13th June 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says South Burnett road infrastructure has been overlooked for the fifth year in a row under the Labor Government.

Mrs Frecklington said the 2019/20 State Budget doesn’t address the need for road upgrades needed across the South Burnett.

“Roads like the D’Aguilar Highway, Bunya Highway, Kingaroy-Barkers Creek Road, Burrandowan Road and Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road have received no funding,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“In light of the recent road tragedies in our region, I would have hoped to have seen some consideration of funding for our road network.

“This is very disappointing for our community but it’s to be expected from this city-centric Labor Government.

“One of the great lies of this budget is that it is for regional Queensland. The money Labor is actually spending on infrastructure is being funnelled into a handful of inner-Brisbane electorates for their pet project Cross River Rail.

Across the region, Mrs Frecklington said several infrastructure projects have simply been re-announced.

“This is the third year in a row Labor have announced the Kilkivan Fire Station. It’s very worrying that no works have actually started on the Kilkivan Fire Station. Surely Labor has to come clean and explain what is going on.

“It’s the second year they’ve announced the Yarraman Fire Station, and funding previously announced for the Wooroolin Fire Station has actually disappeared from the budget papers.

“I welcome the announcement for Murgon State High school which commits $3.4 million for a new Hall and Administration Building. This is long overdue and I was pleased to support the students, staff, families and community who deserve this important facility,” Deb said.