“For far too long Queensland Labor has refused to provide funding for the game-changing Hinkler Regional Deal due to claims that the Maryborough electorate would miss out, but Wednesday’s question time revealed a very different story,” Mr Batt said.
“When asked a question by the Member for Maryborough, the Premier outlined more than $127 million worth of state government projects in the Maryborough area.
“$127 million is substantially more than Labor’s contribution to Bundaberg region and that amount doesn’t even cover all of Maryborough’s funded projects.
“The Premier and the Treasurer need to pull their heads from the sand, stop making unjustifiable excuses and come to the table on the Hinkler Regional Deal which does include projects in the Maryborough electorate.
“The Bundaberg region is continually left out in the cold by this government and quite frankly, the community is sick and tired of it.
“Bundaberg residents deserve a government that will work for every electorate in Queensland, not just a hand picked few.”
Thursday, 24 October 2019
Projects mentioned by the Premier in Question Time
- $14 million for upgrades to the Maryborough Hospital
- $10.5million for Maryborough state school upgrades
- $1.78 million for the Maryborough March Street Jetty
- $103 million for the Bruce Highway upgrade project at Saltwater Creek.
Other recent Maryborough projects that weren’t mentioned by the Premier:
- Rail project
- $10 million for infrastructure improvements to the Downer rail plant in Maryborough to enable multiple NGR trains to undergo simultaneous accessibility upgrades at the site. https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/N/New-Generation-Rollingstock/Accessibility-upgrade-works-at-Maryborough
- $85 million to Downer in 2019 for the contract for modification of Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock (QNGR) fleet, with works taking place out of the historic Maryborough Service Delivery Centre. The $85 million contract will deliver accessibility upgrades to the entire fleet of 75 trains. https://www.downergroup.com/rail
- Rheinmetall Nioa Munitions Factory
- $7.5 million towards a $60 million world-leading advanced manufacturing facility http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/3/7/60m-shell-forging-plant-to-bring-100-new-jobs-to-maryborough. The Federal Government has confirmed it will commit $28.5 million towards the forging facility from its Regional Growth Fund following a thorough review of the RNM joint venture’s detailed proposal of a total of $60 million. https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4286/rheinmetall-nioa-munitions-maryborough-forge-facility