Three local politicians are talking up the 2018-19 State Budget.
The spend includes $120 million for the keenly anticipated 25,000-seat Townsville Stadium, to ensure it will be completed in time for the 2020 NRL season.
The Palaszczuk Government is also delivering on its election commitment to redevelop, refurbish and expand six high-need TAFE facilities, with $26 million committed to Townsville alone.
There is $120,000 for regional councils to provide pre-school literacy sessions, known as First 5 Forever, at libraries in Townsville, honouring another election commitment.
· $14.9 million in 2018-19 to continue the duplication of Riverway Drive
· $36 million for Townsville Ring Road Stage 5
· $8 million of $17 million to strengthen and rehabilitate various sections of the Flinders Highway between Townsville and Charters Towers
· $4.4 million of $7.5 million to widen the pavement on the Bruce Highway between Deep Creek and Bluewater Creek
· $37.7 million of $514.3 million for bridges and approaches on the Bruce Highway south of Giru between Horseshoe Lagoon and Palm Creek
· $44.3 million to continue preparatory and initial works to widen Townsville’s shipping channel to allow larger vessels to access the Port of Townsville
· $18.6 million of $27.3 million to commence acquisition of Berth 4 cranes and development of associated cargo terminal areas to cater for future trade growth
· $2.9 million of $5.3 million to continue the intervention strategies under the Community Youth Response initiative
· $21.9 million of $82.7 million to upgrade the capacity of the rail line to increase productivity and efficiency of freight transport, due for completion in June 2020
· $3.1 million of $132 million for a residential development in the Oonoonba Priority Development Area
· $1.2 million in 2018-19 to assist in with the construction of a fully integrated biorefinery near Ingham
· $1.3 million in 2018-19 to repair, maintain, renew and enhance existing water infrastructure assets and water supply schemes for Burdekin irrigation
· $919,000 statewide of $2.5 million to undertake crocodile population surveying, provide assistance to local governments and promote public education, as part of a $5.8 million three-year enhanced crocodile management strategy
· $3.7 million out of a $9 million total spend for Townsville Courthouse for the expansion of specialist domestic and family violence courts
· $400,000 for Palm Island Sports Precinct refurbishment
· $600,000 in 2018-19 to protect environmental and Indigenous cultural heritage values in Home Hill, as part of the $12 million 2018-19 Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program
· $350,000 of a $5 million total spend for a new, purpose-built facility to support the growing demand for services Kirwan replacement ambulance station
· $5.5 million in 2018-19 out of a $334 million total spend to refurbish the pharmacy clean rooms to meet health and safety standards for Townsville Hospital
· $2.4 million in 2018-19 for a new state-of-the-art 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) device for the Townsville Hospital and Health Service region
· $7.7 million of a $16.5 million a new Palm Island Primary Health Care Centre, including an adult clinic, maternal and child health clinic and a social and emotional wellbeing clinic
· $1.7 million of $5.5 million to replace Kirwan State High School’s multi-purpose hall
· $6.3 million of a $41.8 million total spend to continue construction of new primary school, North Shore State School, in Burdell, including a multi-purpose hall and a three space science/technology/music block
· $1.1 million of $6.1 million for a new building with six learning areas and two specialist areas at Northern Beaches State High School
· $990,000 out of $3.4 million to construct a new building containing two classrooms and two specialist areas at Pimlico State High School
· $500,000 for security fencing at Wulguru State School
· $2.6 million in 2018-19 of $3.8 million for air conditioning replacement at Heatley Secondary College
· $400,000 for shade structures at The Willows State School
· $230,000 in 2018-19 of 280,000 to refurbish Block F Teaching at Kirwan State School
· $250,000 for multi-purpose area at Kirwan State School
Since the 2015 election, the Palaszczuk Government has improved frontline health and education services in Townsville by employing an additional 96 doctors, 107 nurses, 98 teachers and 38 teacher aides.
Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said “I am delighted that this budget sees the Palaszczuk Government investing so heavily in what matters to the people of Townsville – jobs, community safety and health.
“The 2018-19 Budget includes $5.5 million of a $334 million total spend to refurbish the pharmacy clean rooms to meet health and safety standards for Townsville Hospital and $2.4 million in for a new state-of-the-art 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) device for the Townsville Hospital and Health Service region.
“It is a budget that will boost the local economy, create jobs and inspire confidence in the region, building on the great work that has been done since 2015 to support our health and education services.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said “I am so proud to be part of a government that is supporting our key industries and providing the infrastructure that will serve our growing communities long into the future.
“As a former principal, it is great to see the focus on education for those in our community who represent Townsville’s future – our children.
“It’s exciting to see $6.3 million for the new North Shore State School and $1.1 million for Northern Beaches State High School, while the Palaszczuk Government also delivers on our election commitment to ensure Townsville can provide pre-school literacy sessions.”
Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said "I am delighted to see the Riverway Drive duplication project get $14.9 million and to see the 2017 election commitment delivered with $36 million funding announced towards the next major road infrastructure project, Townsville Ring Road Stage 5, which runs through the heart of Thuringowa.
“The $1.7 million in the 2018-19 State Budget to replace Kirwan State High School’s multi-purpose hall will mean a great deal to not just the students, but the entire community.
"As a former student of Heatley Secondary College I am very happy to see $2.6 million of the $10 million election commitment delivered for this school as well as $650,000 for both Willows and Kirwan Primary Schools
“As a former ambo and Townsville Hospital orderly, no one will be surprised to hear I’m excited to see millions in health funding.
“I’ve been fighting long and hard for an overhaul to Kirwan replacement ambulance station and it’s great to see funding for that good work to continue.”