Palaszczuk Pretends To Bring Forward Stalled Building Our Regions Program

by Ted Sorensen
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Palaszczuk pretends to bring forward stalled Building our Regions program

The Palaszczuk Government is pretending to bring forward funding through a program that stalled in its first year, leaving a huge gap in the pipeline of infrastructure projects delivered in rural and regional communities across the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

LNP Shadow Northern Development Minister Andrew Cripps said today’s announcement that $70 million would be made available for Round 3 of Labor’s disastrous Building our Regions program would be met with scepticism by local councils.

“Despite claiming they ‘topped up’ the Building our Regions program in last year’s state budget, it still falls a huge $120 million dollars short of the former LNP Government’s landmark $495 million Royalties for Regions program,” Mr Cripps said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s program is a pale, cheap and nasty replacement for the LNP’s hugely successful Royalties for Regions program and it’s failed dismally to deliver much needed infrastructure projects and jobs in the bush.

“In Government, the LNP delivered the Gayndah, Monto and Mundubbera Aerodrome upgrades, the Maryborough CBD Flood Resilience project and the Monto-Mount Perry Road project.

“Labor’s smaller, shorter and narrower program stalled in its first year, with the Palaszczuk Government’s own 2016-17 budget papers revealing the Building our Regions program had a 99 per cent underspend in its first year – it was a flop.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk can’t turn around now and say she is bringing forward Round 3 when Round 1 never really happened and no-one knows where Round 2 is up to – Labor is tripping over the paperwork, but can’t deliver any projects.

“Labor’s Building our Regions program has been a disaster for local communities and councils but the LNP had committed to reinstating its effective Royalties for Regions program if it is returned to office at the next state election.”

Projects delivered to the Wide Bay-Burnett region through the LNP’s Royalties for Regions program:

–          Maryborough CBD Flood Resilience project – $6 million

–          Fraser Coast FIFO Hub – $700,000

–          Technology Park Flood Protection Levee – $600,000

–          Bartholdt Drive Evacuation Route – $1.4 million

–          Gayndah, Monto and Mundubbera Aerodrome upgrades – $13.2 million

–          Splinter Creek Bridge Replacement – $1.5 million

–          Monto-Mount Perry Road project – $15.8 million

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