BUDGET: Crocodiles just one of the big winners for Mackay
CROCODILES, fire and police officers and mental health patients are among Mackay's State Budget beneficiaries.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Tuesday announced $385 million for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service, $435.8 million for infrastructure projects and $17.2 million for school maintenance and capital works.
About $13.4 million will help expand and improve social housing in the Mackay region
Health was clearly the big winner for our region. One of the key announcements was the plan to spend $4 million on the Step Up Step Down facility.
This service will offer alternative care for mental health patients, easing demand on the city's hospital.
Much of the infrastructure spend will go towards roads including $31.9 million for works on Peak Downs Highway at Eton and a further $26.2 million for timber bridge replacements on the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay.
The Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade received $15.4 million while the Gregory Highway at the southern approach to Clermont has $1.6 million for pavement works.
The Mackay Substation replacement scored $9.2 million and the government has set aside $235,000 for crocodile management.
The Bowen Police Station upgrade scored $2.1 million; Mackay Fire Station has $400,000 for upgrades and Proserpine Fire Station has an extra $1 million
On the school side of things, Cannonvale State School received $3.7 million to continue adding additional classrooms.
Mackay District Special School has an $3.5 million for its expansion plans and Eimeo Road State School scored $323,000.
• About $8.4 million be will spent on Great Barrier Reef management programs and a further $1 million will pay for better mooring facilities and other works.
• Major upgrade of the existing Mackay Neighbourhood Centre - $600,000
• New Mackay Tourism Visitor Information Centre - $455,000
• Irrigation Futures Program - $190,000