Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says the 2022/23 State Budget has not delivered for the people of the western Gympie area
Mrs Frecklington said it was particularly disappointing that no funding had been announced for the road network.
“There is no new funding for our major highways like the Burnett and Wide Bay Highways, or key connecting roads like the Kilkivan-Tansey Road, or Running Creek Bridge on the Woolooga-Brooweena Road.
“In fact, the western Gympie road network has been completely overlooked and once again our regional communities will have to put up with a third class road system. This State Budget continues the Labor Government’s chronic neglect of our regional road upgrades and maintenance.
“Labor really needs to start looking at our regional areas and the huge opportunities we have here.
“But it needs backing with better roads, better health services, and less red and green tape for our primary producers and small business.
“I had hoped to see funding for important projects like the flood gauges for the Boonara Creek and repairs to the Kingaroy-Kilkivan Rail Trail.
“And I support my colleague, the Member for Gympie Tony Perrett and his slamming of the budget for not funding any improvements to the Gympie Hospital.
Mrs Frecklington said it was disappointing when looking at the regional budget analysis just one project was listed for the area.
“There is $18.6million for the refurbishment of the Kilkivan substation to improve network performance. I would also believe this is to cater for the new solar farm at Widgee,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“I want to assure my community that I will continue to push for the important projects we need funded in our region. Our area must be recognised and our voices heard,” Deb said.
Photo: Boonara Creek in full flood