LIST: Major election pledges for Mirani
WITH the Queensland election just one sleep away, Mirani candidates have been busy making their final pitches to undecided voters.
An analysis of their election promises show candidates are targeting the skills shortage, roads and mining regions as the key battleground issues for the electorate.
Here is a list of the major funding pledges our pollies have made for Mirani:
Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail
Last week, ALP candidate for Mirani Shane Hamilton pledged $500,000 towards the project under a Labor Government.
The proposal involves a 100km network of single direction mountain bike trail spanning from Eungella to Finch Hatton in the Pioneer Valley.
Mirani MP Stephen Andrew said he would commit to delivering full funding for the project, plus extra for future planning work, if re-elected.
LNP Mirani candidate Tracie Newitt said she would fight to see the track up and running.
NQ First's Mirani candidate Jason Borg said the party would pledge the whole $7 million to make the mountain bike trail a reality, on the condition NQ First secured the balance of power at the state election.
Four lanes from Kuttabul to Sarina
A proposal to widen the Bruce Highway from Sarina to Kuttabul to four lanes has received a $400 million pledge from Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan.
Mr Costigan said his NQ First party would prioritise duplicating the highway from Sarina to Cairns by 2030.
Plan to revive historic CQ town
The Mount Morgan area could soon receive a sizeable $300,000 investment in a bid to revive its tourism sector.
The commitment will likely come to fruition should LNP candidate for Mirani Tracie Newitt take out victory at this month's state election.
$30m pledge for Mackay 'Mill'
NQ First made a $30 million commitment for the next stage of CQUniversity's regional sporting precinct in Ooralea.
In a positive sign for the 'Mill' project, NQ First Leader and Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan pledged the money to build on the current facility, which boasts a modern aquatic centre and athletics track, if his party secures the balance of power at the Queensland election.
THREE political parties have now committed to a $7.5 million expansion of the CQUniversity campus.
LNP, Labor and NQ First have pledged the money to upgrade the heavy vehicle training facilities at Ooralea campus.
$4.5m for Pioneer Valley tourist railway
Tourists visiting Mackay's picturesque Pioneer Valley could one day make the journey by train, under a pledge from NQ First.
The party's Mirani candidate Jason Borg has promised $4.5 million to help reopen the Netherdale line, as it was known, starting with a 10-kilometre section from Paget to Walkerston, if NQ First secures the balance of power at tomorrow's election.
New cop shop in Walkerston
NQ First has pledged $8.5 million to build a new police station at Walkerston, if the party secures the balance of power.
Mirani candidate Jason Borg said a new facility would help restore confidence in the Queensland Police Service after a spate of robberies in rural communities surrounding Mackay recently.
Biofuel bus trial
Mackay Transit Coaches will be involved in a trial of two bioethanol buses made in Queensland next year, if Labor wins the election.
MTC is the only operator in the state participating in the trial.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Labor candidate for Mirani Shane Hamilton unveiled the plan earlier this month.