The State Government will spend $925.3 million on infrastructure across the Moreton Bay Region in the next 12 months – including $15 million for a key road linked to the long-awaited Youngs Crossing Rd bridge.
The funding was announced as part of the 2023-24 State Budget, which Treasurer Cameron Dick says has a focus on tackling the cost of living.
“The 2023-24 Queensland Budget is delivering record concessions funding for Queensland families and businesses in 2023-24, an estimated increase of more than 21 percent,” Mr Dick says.
“This unparalleled cost of living relief demonstrates this Government understands the cost of living pressures faced by all Queenslanders.”
Other measures aimed at helping ease financial pressure include the introduction of 15 hours of free kindergarten a week, a new Queenslander Savers website where people can see rebates and savings available and a blanket $550 cost-of-living rebate on electricity bills.
Vulnerable households will be supported with a $700 rebate, plus $372 under the Queensland Electricity Rebate Scheme.
Small businesses will also be able to access rebates for electricity, with those eligible receiving $650.
Mayor Peter Flannery thanked the State Government for delivering more than the original pledge made at the 2021 Moreton Bay Leaders’ Forum, with an extra $5 million earmarked for realignment and upgrades to Dayboro Rd so it connects efficiently with the Youngs Crossing Bridge.
“This critical project will end decades of pain for Moreton Bay motorists by flood-proofing Youngs Crossing Rd against one in 100-year flooding events, and when water is released from the North Pine Dam upstream,” Mayor Flannery says.
“The start of these works will be a landmark moment as the largest infrastructure project delivered by Council in our history.
“I want to recognise the efforts of the Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton MP, who secured the $32.75 million in federal funding to make this a reality, an investment that will support 500 jobs locally.
“I also want to thank the State members who successfully championed the project for today’s $15 million boost.”
Council will pay for the balance of the Youngs Crossing Bridge project.
Other funding for Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay Housing and Homelessness Services Hub: $1 million of a $3 million total to demolish and redevelop the Old Pensioners Hall facility into a combined services centre to support homelessness.
Bribie Island Neighbourhood Centre: $2.9 million to replace the existing building with a purpose-built facility to continue to meet growing demand.
Dakabin Family and Community Place at Dakabin State High School: $7.5 million for a community hub co-ordinating and delivering programs and services to meet the health, education and social support needs of the community, tailored to suit families with children aged up to 12.
Bellara Foreshore Improvement Project: $519,000 of a $1.5 million total to plan, design and build new park facilities at Sylvan Beach Esplanade and to upgrade the existing boardwalk.
Abbey Museum art gallery and café - Abbey Medieval Festival Site redevelopment: $1.4 million of a $2.1 million total for a new art gallery, cafe, and event infrastructure for the Abbey Museum Festival.
Bray Park State High School: $17.4 million in 2023-24 out of a $17.7 million total to construct a new building, including 10 classrooms and an undercroft for nine future classrooms in the industrial technology precinct, and an extension to the existing manual arts facility.
Woodford State School: $1.3 million to upgrade an existing amenities block.
Ferny Hills State School: $1 million to upgrade an existing amenities block.
Deception Bay State School: $4.3 million of a $8.2 million total to deliver a new hall.
Dayboro Police Station: $4.4 million to complete the replacement police facility.
Moore Linville Rural Fire Brigade Station: $700,000 to complete the station.
Moreton Bay Central fire and rescue station: $3 million of a $6.8 million total to continue building a new permanent fire and rescue station at Moreton Bay Central.
Morayfield Ambulance Station: $6.7 million of an $8.5 million total to deliver the new ambulance station.
Lawnton Ambulance Station: $6.2 million to replace the Petrie Ambulance Station at Lawnton.
Caboolture Hospital: $41.3 million in 2023-24 out of a $406.8 million total to redevelop the hospital and refurbish critical clinical support services, build an eight-chair Chemotherapy Unit and a multi-storey carpark.
Caboolture West catalytic water supply and sewerage: $21.1 million for essential water and sewerage infrastructure to help deliver new land supply for housing in Caboolture.
Burpengary railway station: $14.3 million of a $53 million total towards accessibility improvements including full-length high-level platforms; an overpass with lifts; pathways or ramps; and accessible toilets.
Bruce Highway, Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Rd upgrade: $948 million, jointly funded with the Federal Government, for integrated planning for Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway upgrades. It considers upgrades to Gympie Arterial Rd between Strathpine Rd and the Gateway Motorway.
Bruce Highway, Anzac Ave to Uhlmann Rd: $733 million for an upgrade, jointly funded with the Federal Government.
Bruce Highway, Caboolture - Bribie Island Rd to Steve Irwin Way: $662.5 million upgrade, jointly funded with the Federal Government.
Bruce Highway, Dohles Rocks Rd to Anzac Ave: $250 million for an upgrade jointly funded with the Federal Government. It is part of integrated planning underway for Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway upgrades.
Bruce Highway, Pine River to Caloundra Rd, Smart Motorways (Stage 2): $105 million jointly funded with the Federal Government.
Samford Rd, Eatons Crossing Rd and Mount Samson Rd, Strathpine: $75.2 million to improve intersection safety.
Caboolture - Bribie Island Rd: $39.3 million towards upgrade program, jointly funded with the Federal Government.
Caboolture - Bribie Island Rd, Hickey Rd to King Johns Creek: $36.4 million towards an upgrade, jointly funded with the Federal Government.
Deception Bay Branch Little Athletics Centre: $1 million towards a synthetic running track on Zammit Oval.
The Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club Incorporated (Dolphins): $2 million to develop new high quality floodlights.
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