MP slams lack of road funding for South Burnett in budget
IT IS disappointing the 2019/20 state budget doesn't address the need for road upgrades across the South Burnett.
That's according to State Opposition Leader and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington who said South Burnett road infrastructure was overlooked for the fifth consecutive year.
"In light of the recent road tragedies in our region, I would have hoped to have seen some consideration of funding for our road network," Ms Frecklington said.
"Roads like the D'Aguilar Highway, Bunya Highway, Kingaroy-Barkers Creek Rd, Burrandowan Rd and Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Rd have received no funding."
In the state budget, the South Burnett region secured $3.4 million for a new hall and administration building at Murgon State High School, $101.7 million to design and construct a fly ash plant, as well as a range of refurbishments and improvements at Tarong Power Station, and $34.8 million to develop future mining areas and to replace and refurbish assets at Meandu Mine.
The South Burnett also received $23.8 million for the Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment, $1.6 million to replace the facilities at Kilkivan's Queensland Fire and Emergency Services complex, and $1.4 million to replace Yarraman's auxiliary fire and rescue station.
While Ms Frecklington welcomed the funding, especially for Murgon State High School, she said several infrastructure projects had been re-announced, including the Kilkivan Fire Station funding which was announced for a third year in yesterday's budget.
"It's the second year they've announced the Yarraman Fire Station, and funding previously announced for the Wooroolin Fire Station has actually disappeared from the budget papers," Ms Frecklington said.