MPs detail Budget spending in electorates

Published 10:00am 28 June 2022

MPs detail Budget spending in electorates
Words by Kylie Knight

Big-tickets projects and funding packages may have dominated headlines following last week’s State Budget, so Moreton Daily asked MPs for each of the electorates in the Moreton Bay Region to reveal what’s in it for their constituents.

Here’s the 2022-2023 budget breakdown for the electorates of Bancroft, Everton, Glasshouse, Kurwongbah, Morayfield and Pumicestone and Redcliffe.

We did not receive responses from Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd and Murrumba MP Steven Miles.

Bancroft

State Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting says construction of a new Fire and Rescue Station and the expansion and refurbishment for Deception Bay High School are among two of the big-ticket projects for his electorate.

“I am really excited about the first tranche of funding for the new Moreton Bay Central Fire and Rescue Station to be located in Steel St, Narangba,” Mr Whiting says.

“$1.3 million will be allocated for the planning, detailed design and early site works stage of the Moreton Bay Central Fire and Rescue Station, with the rest of the funding for full construction coming in the next budget.”

Deception Bay High School will also benefit from expansion and refurbishment, at a total cost of $7,974,000, starting with $3,648,000 allocated in the 2022-23 financial year.

It will include a new two-storey building.

“The new block will have six new learning spaces, including two specialty spaces for teaching health care for students doing their certificates in allied health, and have an undercroft to build future classrooms,” Mr Whiting says.

“What's more, we will fund the refurbishment of the five learning spaces in the Industrial Technology and Design block at Deception Bay State High School. And we are going to see work start on the new school hall at Deception Bay State School.”

MPs detail Budget spending in electorates

Everton

LNP State Member for Everton Tim Mander says this year’s State budget is “disappointing”, saying his electorate missed out on some vital projects.

“Despite requesting funding for the intersection upgrade of South Pine and Stafford roads, the road resurfacing of Old Northern Rd and the replacement of Mitchelton Football club’s artificial turf field damaged in the floods - no funds were forthcoming,” Mr Mander says.

“On a broader scale, this was also a budget of broken promises.

“The treasurer promised on more than 20 occasions leading into the budget, that there would be no additional taxes.

“With the introduction of three new taxes on businesses, that promise was broken. These taxes will inevitably lead to higher prices for goods and services for everyday Queenslanders.”

Glasshouse

LNP State Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell also says the budget is a budget of broken promises and missed opportunities.

“Despite a windfall of more than $9 billion in extra revenue, the Labor Government have broken their pre-election promise and brought in three new taxes.Taxes that will eventually flow through to the cost of groceries and the price of electricity,” he says.

“Every local will end up paying more because of this broken promise – at a time Queenslanders face a “full blown cost of living crisis”.

Mr Powell says the Budget offers no immediate solutions to problems in the health system, road network and Queensland economy.

“We are told the construction of three new hospitals promised in the budget will take another seven years. That’s not going to address the constant ambulance ramping occurring right now at Caboolture or Sunshine Coast University Hospitals,” he says.

“That means one out of every two locals will still spend too long sitting in an ambulance instead of being treated in a hospital bed.

“There is no new money in this budget to fix our roads, including our most dangerous roads like Mount Mee Rd and the D’Aguilar Highway and it’s many perilous intersections.”

Mr Powell also says there was no additional funding to address Queensland’s housing crisis.

“Is there any good news? Well, Caboolture West will be getting a new school. However, as that area will eventually house a population the equivalent of Gladstone it will ultimately need at least 13 schools, so this announcement is just business as usual,” he says.

“I do, genuinely, welcome the additional funding for mental health services. My family, like so many local families, has been touched by mental illness. I’m just disappointed and dismayed that it has had to be funded through a new tax.”

MPs detail Budget spending in electorates

Kurwongbah

State Member for Kurwongbah Shane King highlights the $1 billion expansion at Redcliffe Hospital, which will deliver more than 200 beds and the continued Caboolture Hospital redevelopment ($82.9 million in the 2022-23 financial year).

He also praised the government’s satellite hospitals program which will deliver additional services in Caboolture and Kallangur.

Mr King says Petrie Ambulance Station will be rebuilt in a more accessible location and work has started on a new ambulance station at Morayfield.

Lawnton State School will get a new administration building and classrooms that are disability compliant and Jinibara School has been allocated more than $200,000 for a resource centre extension.

There will be refurbishment of block E at Kurwongbah State School and Narangba Valley State High School and Petrie State School will both receive refurbished blocks at a combined value of more than $1 million.

The State Budget will also fund the long-awaited Deception Bay-New Settlement Road interchange, which is well underway.

The Burpengary station upgrade is in the design and planning stage and work on the Narangba station park-and-ride is continuing. There is nearly $1 million in the budget to complete design and start construction.

Morayfield

State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan says the Budget supports jobs and delivers better services and a great lifestyle for Queenslanders.

“I am very proud to be part of a Government delivering a record budget for Queenslanders and a budget that provides great outcomes for the people of the Morayfield Electorate,” he says.

Funding for Morayfield includes:

• Caboolture Satellite Hospital - $139.9 million in 2022-23 out of a $280 million total spend to deliver seven satellite hospitals to continue to safely manage patients via alternative models of care.

• Caboolture Hospital - $93.7 million in 2022-23 out of a $399.5 million total spend for the Caboolture Hospital Expansion to support an additional 130 beds and construction of a multi-storey car park.

• Bruce Highway - $128.3 million in 2022-23 out of a total spend of $662.5 million for the Bruce Highway, Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd to Steve Irwin Way upgrade (jointly funded with the Federal Government)

• Bruce Highway - $45 million out of a total spend of $105 million Bruce Highway, Pine River to Caloundra Rd, Smart Motorways stage 2 (jointly funded with the Federal Government).

• Morayfield Rd and Beerburrum Rd – Upgrades at various locations. $7 million in 2022-23 out of a total spend of $36.6 million

• Morayfield Ambulance Station - $1.2 million in 2022-23 out of a total spend of $6.2 million to build a new ambulance station in Morayfield.

• Caboolture Train Station – Caboolture bus and rail interchange. $1.2 million in 2022-23 out of a total spend of $14.6 million.

• Education - $8.67 million in schools infrastructure spending for the Morayfield Electorate in 2022-23. Includes additional classrooms at Caboolture State High School and Morayfield State High School, access upgrades at Tullawong State High School and a playground upgrade at Minimbah State School.

• Announcement of a new Primary School to be built at Caboolture West and opening in 2025-26

MPs detail Budget spending in electorates
An artist's impression of the completed Bribie Satellite Hospital

Pumicestone

State Member for Pumicestone Ali King says 2022-23 State Budget delivers huge boosts for her electorate in health, education, roads, and tourism.

“Health is always top priority given our older population in Pumicestone – that’s why $233.6 million is budgeted to continue our half billion-dollar hospital building program across Caboolture and Bribie Island,” she says.

“That includes $93.7 million to continue the massive redevelopment that will see Caboolture Hospital double in size and add services, plus millions in construction funding for our Bribie Island and Caboolture Satellite Hospitals.

“The Caboolture Hospital redevelopment will add 130 more beds, new services and a multi-story carpark.”

Ms King says construction of satellite hospitals at Bribie and Caboolture has started and is due to be completed in 2023, giving locals hospital-based care closer to home.

“I was proud to be part of the Mental Health Select Committee's groundbreaking inquiry into the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders, and to now see our recommendations funded in the Budget,” she says.

“Our very own Bribie Island and District Neighbourhood Centre does important work supporting vulnerable people in our community, so it was great to be able to tell Cecelia, Lindy and the team that their funding will increase by 81 per cent to $230,000 each year.

Ms King says Bribie and Sandstone Point residents often told her local public transport isn’t always accessible, and many don’t drive or can’t afford taxis.

“I advocated for a $400,000 public transport and accessibility study in the Budget so locals can have their say about what’s working and what’s not. Detailed feedback from the community during this study will help us design a system that is fit-for-purpose and meets community needs,” she says.

“Caboolture’s Abbey Museum and Medieval Festival are iconic, but it’s been a tough few years for major events. I want our Abbey Museum to thrive into the future, so I worked hard to get $2.1 million funding in the Budget to build a new Art Gallery and Café and support new Festival infrastructure.

“2022-2023 is a big roads Budget for Pumicestone, with funding for key roads upgrades, including detailed design funding for our start to finish Beachmere Rd upgrade, more money to dual lane Bribie Island Rd, big investments in six-laning the Bruce Highway as well as upgrading the D’Aguilar Highway.”

Redcliffe

State Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath says the 2022-23 Budget will fund the following projects:

  • Clontarf - Anzac Avenue (Elizabeth Avenue), construct active transport overpass Department of Transport and Main Roads ($9,650,000 of a total $19 million).
  • Redcliffe Hospital
  • $7.4 million in 2022-23 out of a $35.1 million total spend for the construction of a dedicated paediatric department within the emergency department, replacement and upgrade of other plant and equipment at Redcliffe Hospital.
  • Moreton Bay Housing and Homelessness Services Hub - $1.2 million in 2022-23 out of a $3 million total spend for the demolition and redevelopment of the existing Old Pensioners Hall facility into a combined services centre to support homelessness.
  • Scarborough Boat Harbour, entrance and harbour dredging - $1,180,000
  • Intersection upgrades at Anzac and Victoria avenues and Anzac Avenue, and Marine and Redcliffe parades
  • $100,000 in 2022-23 out of a $2.0 million total spend for new high quality floodlights for the Redcliffe Dolphins
  • Walkway modifications at Clontarf Beach State High School and refurbishment of two learning spaces
  • Playground upgrades, security fencing and renewal planning at Woody Point Special School.

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