Budget hopes for Bundy

Ahead of Tuesday’s State Budget, Member for Bundaberg David Batt is calling for Labor to make real commitments to his electorate and the greater Bundaberg region.

Mr Batt said he would like to see the State Labor Government allocate funding towards big ticket items outside of the South East bubble.

“Labor seems to forget about all of us who call regional Queensland home,” he said.

“In the 2018/19 budget, despite our Wide Bay Burnett region having the greatest regional population, Labor allocated us the second lowest capital budget in all of regional Queensland.

Mr Batt said he hopes the 2019/20 budget will be different.

“At each and every parliamentary sitting I stand up for what I know Bundaberg residents need, want and deserve so I hope the government has been listening.

“I want to see funding committed to the Hinkler Regional Deal and I want to see funding committed to the detailed business case for a new Bundaberg hospital.

“I also want to see funding allocated towards fixing dangerous roads, more frontline staff, job opportunities, support for small business, air-conditioning in state school classrooms, flashing lights in school zones and a Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation centre.

“Projects like the Hinkler Regional Deal and a new hospital are absolute game changers for our region yet the government has kept all details under wraps.

“The only commitment for Bundaberg so far is funds for the upgrade of the pathology department at the base hospital, a bucket of money that was committed in last year’s budget that Labor has re-announced in the lead up to Tuesday.

“After the 2018/19 budget was handed down, I spent hours searching the budget papers only to find that barely a cent of new capital money was directly allocated to Bundaberg.

“It felt like they’d spent more on printing glossy budget books than they did on our region, so fingers crossed it’s a different story this year.”

Monday 10 June, 2019