Continuing to rebuild Queensland has been the focus of the 2013 Newman Budget. Rebuilding infrastructure such as roads and bridges has a strong focus along with a determination to rebuild the state’s finances. Locally, I 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 benefit from the $537 million investment in our Great Teachers = Great Results program.
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.
To see my Budget Reply Speech click on the Speech section of my website.