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2010 State Budget announced

Communities in Glass House can be grateful for some investment in this year’s budget, but the true local priorities continue to go missing. Some of the benefits for residents in and around Glass House include;

Caboolture and surrounds

· ongoing commitments to the previously announced Caboolture hospital expansion and;

· $100,000 in Safer Roads Sooner funding for shoulder widening and sealing of Beerburrum Road, south of Spoonbill Drive.

It goes without saying that I am really disappointed there is no mention of funding for the Caboolture Health Hub or the D’Aguilar Highway – the real local priorities in this area.

Parents who will now have to travel to North Lakes to access therapy services for their children have no end in sight to their commuting. The service is mooted to return to Caboolture when the Health Hub is constructed, but with no funding for bricks and mortar that’s looking increasingly unlikely.

Motorists using the D’Aguilar Highway don’t have anything to cheer about with the state government still relying on the federal government’s Black Spot Funding Program as the sole source of funding for much needed upgrades. The state government has all but abdicated its responsibility for this state-controlled road.

Glass House

* $1.5 million to upgrade the Johnston Road/Bruce Highway interchange;
* $48,500 towards improvements to student set down and parking at Beerburrum State School;
* ongoing commitments to the previously announced Caboolture, Caloundra and Nambour hospital expansions; and
* increased investment in existing National Park Infrastructure and in the acquisition of more protected land.

Disappointingly, there is no mention of funding for the rail duplication project or the Reed Street/Steve Irwin Way intersection – the real local priorities. Glass House residents have no choice but to continue using the dangerous Reed Street/Steve Irwin Way intersection for at least another twelve months – with no commitment in this year’s budget for the overdue upgrade.

Sunhsine Coast Hinterland and surrounds

· the previously announced $403,000 for the Maleny State School upgrades;

· $225,000 under the Safer Roads Sooner program to make improvements on Maleny-Stanley River Road at Postman’s Track;

· $98,000 to finalise the planning study on the Maleny-Kenilworth Road north of Conondale;

· $75,000 to begin the replacement of two walking bridges at Kondalilla Falls;

· $15,000 towards bush shelters at Conondale State School;

· ongoing commitments to the previously announced Caloundra and Nambour hospital expansions;

· increased investments in existing National Park infrastructure and in the acquisition of more protected land; and

· hopefully, a local increase in police numbers as part of the investment in more than 200 new police officer across the State.

There is also no mention of new funding for the Maleny-Kenilworth Road – the real local priority in this area. Unless hidden in the general road funding allocation, it appears locals will need to use caution on the Maleny-Kenilworth Road for at least another twelve months.

Sunshine Valley

· $1.9 million to construct a new admin building and convert the old admin building to classrooms, $565,000 to commence Stage 1 of classroom upgrades and $71,000 to commence Stage 2 of classroom upgrades;

· ongoing commitments to the previously announced Nambour hospital expansions, and;

· hopefully, a local increase in police numbers as part of the investment in more than 200 new police officer across the State.

No mention was made of funding for the rail duplication project or for the Palmwoods-Woombye or Palmwoods-Montville Roads – the real local priorities. Locals must persevere with the increased traffic usage in and around town for at least another twelve months.

Other than the additional electricity rebate for pensioners, the increases in our cost of living remain unaddressed and unacknowledged. We are all paying more for registration, fuel, tolls, public transport, electricity and water – with no relief in sight and whilst the local investments are appreciated, they don’t do enough to meet the growth demands of the area or to ease the daily financial burdens of local families and individuals.

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