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State Budget 2020/21 - Somerset overlooked

3rd December 2020

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says the long-awaited State Budget has not delivered for the people of the Somerset.

Mrs Frecklington said it was disappointing when looking at the regional budget analysis just one small project was listed for the Somerset.

“It seems incredible that the only state budget item listed for the Somerset was $6,000 for solar panels for the Esk Civic Centre,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Why does the Somerset continue to be overlooked by this Labor Government? This is an area so close to Brisbane, connecting south-east Queensland to the inland.

“Labor really needs to start looking at the Somerset and the huge opportunities we have here.

“But it needs backing with better roads, better health services, water security for irrigators and less red and green tape for our primary producers and small business.

“Most of the projects listed in the Budget for the Somerset, like the D’Aguilar Highway upgrades have been previously announced. They are not new projects.

“I’m sure the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group will also be concerned that the funding Labor promised several years ago to renovate the tower has been dropped from the Budget.

“I will also be seeking further information about funding announced for the Brisbane Valley Highway between Ipswich and Harlin. Details have not been provided on the scope of works, and I will seek these details on behalf of the community.

“I’ll continue to push for these issues on behalf of our community,” Deb said.