Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

TAFE, Rattler and Hospital Ignored

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

TAFE, Rattler and Hospital Ignored

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GYMPIE MP Tony Perrett yesterday dismissed the state budget announcements for the Gympie region as contemptuous.

"Less than $800,000 and re-badging, re-announcements and re-cycling amounted to Gympie's share of the Queensland's State Labor Budget," Mr Perrett said.

He said Gympie's share of the multi-billion dollar budget was a rewrite of previous commitments which showed that the Government was treating the region with contempt.

"The Government is all about paying lip service to investing in the regions and addressing serious issues of stalled growth and unemployment," he said.

"It is such a disappointing document with the Government either making announcements about works that have been ongoing for a number of years or making a re-announcement of a re-announcement.

"Despite repeated representations and speeches in the Parliament about Gympie's needs the only new projects are the funding for the Gympie Special School and the Rainbow Beach Fire and Rescue station.

"I welcome the commitments of $490,000 for the Gympie Special School for the renewal of the administration block and additional classrooms, and $300,000 for the Rainbow Beach Auxiliary Fire and Rescue Station.

"However that is still $1 million short of the $1.3 million estimated by the department to replace the station.

"All we have got in the reams of paper put out by the Government are re-badging, re-announcements and re-cycling.

"The $1.4 million announced for the Rainbow Beach Ambulance Station is a re-announcement from last year's budget and delivers the LNP commitment made in 2014.

"The LNP had committed $1.5 million for construction of the ambulance station with another $400,000 for specialist ambulance vehicles.

"My representations and advocacy to the Department in November last year has meant the continuation of remediation works for abandoned mine land management with $500,000 to manage issues at Rainbow Beach, and $282,000 in Gympie through the Mine Shaft Repair Program.

"However none of this is new as the remediation works have been an ongoing project. …

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