Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Firefighters in Line for New $6M Headquarters

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Firefighters in Line for New $6M Headquarters

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Byline: Melissa Grant melissa.grant@dailymercury.com.au

STATE BUDGET

Highlights for Mackay:

$1.1million to purchase land and begin design on replacement fire and rescue station

$1.18m for a kindergarten at Mackay North State School

$4m towards a new bridge across Fursden Creek

$87.2m to continue the Mackay Base Hospital redevelopment

$4.5m for redevelopment of the Mackay showgrounds

$300m for road repairs, including $41.3m to reconstruct the Peak Downs Highway and $40.4m to restore sections of the Bruce Highway

$3m towards Mackay Sugar co-generation project

$8.8m for safety spillway upgrade at Kinchant Dam

$2.4m to complete the deviation between Sams Rd and Barnes Creek Rd

$937,000 for upgrades to school industry trade centres at five Mackay state high schools

MACKAY firefighters will soon have a new state-of the-art headquarters after $1.1million was pledged yesterday for a new $6.05million fire and rescue complex.

The 2011/12 State Budget also delivered $1.18million to build a kindergarten at Mackay North State School that will open for the 2012 school year.

The Mackay region received $649million in capital funding, however, much of that money will be spent delivering continued improvements to infrastructure or previous commitments.

It includes $4million of the $40million pledged for a new bridge to be built across Fursden Creek, up to $4million for a cyclone shelter and $300million for road repair works. Those projects were announced during the Mackay sitting of State Parliament.

The budget also included $87.2million allocated to continue the $405million redevelopment of Mackay Base Hospital.

Member for Mackay Tim Mulherin said the 2011/12 State Budget aimed to rebuild Queensland, take pressure off families and build a stronger economy. …

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