Rickuss applauds funding decisions

IAN Rickuss has welcomed the allocation of funding for the region's roads, but has criticised the government for overspending.

Funding was announced for work to be undertaken on the Warrego Highway, upgrades to the Gatton-Esk Road and reconstruction of Flagstone Creek Road, Lefthand Branch and Mt Sylvia Road but Mr Rickuss said there were services in the area that should have been a priority.

“Despite Labor's past promises they still continue to struggle in managing the backlog of patients that require medical services at Ipswich and Toowoomba Hospitals and hospitals across Queensland,” Mr Rickuss said.


Treasurer Andrew Fraser announced that $6.4 million would be invested in two agricultural research and training facilities in the Lockyer region.

“A new joint dairy research and teaching facility in Gatton will see $3.4 million worth of construction work in 2011-12,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Darling Downs Cropping Research and Training Centre has been allocated $3 million to provide training in broad scale crop production, machinery operations and undertaken major field crop research.

“These are vital industries for the Lockyer region and indeed rural Queensland so this money is a direct investment in the future of the community.”

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the 2011-12 State Budget focused heavily on the Government's priorities.

“This budget puts first and foremost our plans to rebuild Queensland after the natural disasters and invest in our future,” Mr Fraser said.

“To kick start recovery and reconstruction works on the road networks following the natural disasters $32 million has allocated for the coming financial year.

“This will be complimented by an extensive roads maintenance and upgrade program.”

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