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Powell Media Release – 2013 Budget focus on rebuilding Queensland (4 June 2013)

Continuing to rebuild Queensland has been the focus of the 2013 Newman Budget.  Rebuilding infrastructure such as our roads and bridges has a strong focus along with a determination to rebuild the state’s finances.

Locally, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP was pleased to see an injection of funds for many vital services including health, education, transport and road infrastructure.  Extra funding for police, such as the two additional officers recently appointed to Woodford, will continue the commitment to improve community safety.

“The big winner for the Sunshine Coast as a whole has to be the $639.894 million of funding for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.  This sort of funding has a flow on effect to all Glass House residents with an injection of spending in the ‘Mums and Bubs’ initiative, general and orthopaedic surgery, general medicine and ear, nose and throat therapy.

“The region will see part of an additional $100 million in our Fixing Our School Fund to help clear the backlog of repairs needed at many Queensland state schools and will also see an investment of $537 million in our Great Teachers = Great Results program.

“The housing sector throughout Glass House will continue to see some much needed funds that will be used to upgrade public rental housing properties, community housing and Indigenous housing properties.

“Furthermore I am pleased to see funds being directed to Child Safety and Disability Services by way of increased accommodation respite, emergency response, support for school leavers and community care programs.

Mr Powell said the Newman Government is open and upfront about the problems and challenges we face now and in the future.  The Newman Government is determined to take Queenslanders into their confidence so that together we deal with these challenges.

“This increased commitment to deliver better services through the health, disabilities and communities, law and order and education sectors across Glass House will ensure we grow a stronger Queensland economy and remain a great state with great opportunities for all,” Mr Powell concluded.

ENDS- 4 June 2013

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