Rockhampton roads travel well in state budget
ROADS. Roads. Roads.
There is a consistent theme in this year's State Budget for Rockhampton and Livingstone residents and it has a lot to do with getting from A to B.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Tuesday announced $823.2 million would be spent on Fitzroy region infrastructure projects in 2016-17 and a lot of that money would go toward road improvements.
Fitzroy covers Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald and Biloela.
The Bruce Highway Bajool project received $14.4m. The money will advance the ongoing rehabilitation and widening of the highway between Benaraby and Rockhampton. The project is due to finish in April, 2018.
The Midgee Bruce Highway rehabilitation and widening project will get $15.3 million and the Capricorn Highway overtaking lane from Rockhampton to outside of Duaringa received $3.3m.
CQUniversity Rockhampton received $7.4 million for works around Yaamba Road.
About $11.4 was set aside for the ongoing revitalisation of the Rockhampton riverfront.
The money, part of a two-year $23m commitment, will allow the region's council to continue a range of works including street scaping, redevelopment of footpaths and streetscape and heritage building lighting.
The Yeppoon foreshore development project received $15m.
Health was also a clear winner in the budget, with $531.5 million set aside for the Fitzroy region's services.
The Rockhampton Hospital plan to expand its medical records area will be helped along by $1.4 million.
Rockhampton will also share in $6m in Queensland Health funding to help tackle the ice epidemic.
Logan, Townsville Hospitals, Cooktown, the Gold Coast, Charleville and Cunnamulla will share in this money.
Schools received just $19.1m promised for repair and construction programs across the entire Fitzroy region.
Rockhampton Special School received given $500,000 to commence construction of a new administration building.
The Rockhampton Courthouse upgrade received $2m and the Rockhampton Firecom project received $1m.
About $8.4m will spent on Great Barrier Reef management programs and a further $1 million will pay for better mooring facilities and other works.
About $12 million was made available for disaster mitigation works over two years and the region will also share in $77.9m over five years for rural communities impacted by drought.
• $22.7 million to expand and improve social housing in the region.
• $5.7 million in Rockhampton distribution feeder augmentation works that will pay for safety net restoration improvements and feeder upgrades.