Brittany Bulletin No. 6
Last week the Treasurer Cameron Dick handed down his second Budget, and the Palaszczuk Government’s seventh.
This issue of my bulletin outlines some of the key announcements in the budget for Keppel and the greater Central Queensland region.
I hope you and yours are well and I’m looking forward to catching up with you next!
CQ Health gets $691m shot in the arm
The health of Central Queenslanders has been given top priority in the State Budget with more than $691 million to be invested in more frontline staff and a range of key projects.
I welcome this investment which is an increase of $30.07 million from last year’s budget, and well up on the $225.5 million (48.4%) increase since former Premier Newman’s last LNP budget.
I’m particularly pleased the Rehabilitation and Detoxification Centre I have been fighting for will soon be delivered thanks to extra funding.
This budget will deliver $5.7 million in 2021-22, out of a $16.3 million total spend, for the new 42-bed residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation and treatment facility in Rockhampton which is due to open later this year.
I have been fighting for this centre for several years and I believe it will help many people and families trapped in a drug or alcohol addiction.
The Rockhampton Hospital will also benefit from $6.2 million to improve facilities, including an expansion of the Mental Health Ward and the Cardiac Hybrid Theatre, as part of a $31.1 million total spend, and money for more dialysis chairs in regional and remote centres.
I am still verifying if and how many of these chairs will be based at the Capricorn Coast Health and Hospital Service (Yeppoon Hospital).
With Dr Clay Renwick at Yeppoon Hospital.
Keppel roads get massive funding boost
Two key roads in the Keppel electorate will be significantly boosted in the State Government Budget with a total spend of $12 million and a focus on safety.
The Rockhampton - Emu Park Road will receive $2 million for upgrades in the next financial year, including overtaking lanes and other priority safety and capacity improvements which was a pre-election promise.
Another of my promises, which I am now delivering, is $10 million in the 21-22 financial year towards the $80 million upgrade the Rockhampton - Yeppoon Road.
This is a significant step towards eventually expanding the second part of the road to four lanes, providing commuters with a world-class driving service.
In North Rockhampton there is an ongoing massive investment of $22.74 million to continue the Northern Access Road.
Other major roadworks in Keppel funded in the Budget include:
- Maintenance and report of safety treatments, various locations $620,000
- Safety and critical maintenance program planning $150,000
- Signage mitigation, various locations, replace signs $252,526
- Western Yeppoon - Emu Park Road, Taranganba Road to Yeppoon Road, upgrade cycling facilities $1,378,397
- Taranganba Road and Carige Boulevard, install signalised intersection $648,046
- Werribee Road, Werribee Creek, replace bridge $119,761
- Bruigom Street, St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, construct footpath $28,000
- Doonside Road, Doonside Bridge (Canal Creek), replace bridge $390,856
- Rockhampton Ring Road, plan, preserve and construct $35,000,000
- Bruce Highway (Rockhampton-St Lawrence), various locations (Rockhampton), improve intersections $5,290,340.
$120K for Causeway revitalization study
The Causeway Lake revitilisation will take a step closer to reality with a $120,000 State Budget investment to undertake a study and prepare a business case for the proposed dredging.
This investment, as part of a $300,000 total spend, is a critical first step in the lake's revitalisation and to expanding the recreational activities the lake can be used for.
I have met with many Causeway residents and scores of users who all say they would love to have the Causeway restored to its former glory.
There is also a safety factor too with the depth of the water in some areas preventing water skiing, sailing and canoeing.
I believe the Coast will also benefit with a further $350,000 (of a total spend of $1,750,000) to go towards the Capricorn Coast Memorial Gardens to provide Livingstone residents with a landscaped parkland setting as a final resting place for their loved ones.
This project also includes provision for a refreshments pavilion and amenities building and the future development of a chapel.
Mill Gallery gets $125,000
The Mill Gallery in Yeppoon is also prioritised with a further $125,000 of a total spend of $250,000 to deliver an approximate 200-square metre extension to the art gallery that will accommodate community fine-art collectives.
Art is an important facet of any community, and particularly in the Yeppoon district with so many creative people being given the opportunity to have their work on show and to sell.
Another Budget allocation for services and infrastructure is $1,967,350 to transition Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant’s power consumption to a renewable solar powered energy source.
Keppel schools the big winners
More than $15 million is to be spent on additional classrooms and infrastructure projects at Keppel schools as education emerges as one of the big winners in last week's historic State Budget.
I’m pleased to announce the record investment includes $7.8 million for additional classrooms at the Yeppoon State High School.
This is an enormous investment in our students, teachers and school staff and reflects the continued growth of school populations in North Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.
This Budget of $15,583,000 looks at the major growth areas like Yeppoon State High School, Taranganba State School ($500,000 total spend) and Parkhurst State School ($6 million for classroom and administration centre upgrades).
These figures reflect the growth in the catchment areas for Keppel schools, with the entire region undergoing an era of solid, economic growth.
The Budget includes more than $940,000 for maintenance and minor works on 15 schools throughout the Keppel electorate, as well as a $625,000 Refurbishment of Block A Amenities at Lakes Creek State School.
Coowonga State School will get $80,000 towards improved water supply and sewerage.
Other schools to benefit include my old alma mater Mount Archer State School with $80,000 for infrastructure enhancement.
The Palaszczuk Government continues to provide new infrastructure, new teachers and new programmes to ensure every child gets a world-class education no matter where they live.
With Principal Matt Newell, teacher Scott Witts and some of the manual arts students at Yeppoon State High School.
CQUni TAFE gets $8.4m boost
Investing in the future of tradies and hospitality workers received a massive $8,400,000 boost in the State Budget, to spend on equipping TAFE for our future.
The investment in the Training Centre of Excellence at CQUniversity’s North Rockhampton campus would be of great benefit for local students and workers to study at one of the nation’s highest ranked universities.
It means they won’t have to leave Central Queensland to take their skills to top level.
The University works closely with the Queensland Government and a plethora of private enterprises to upskill its students and would benefit from a $500,000 investment by the government to explore ways to improve partnerships and innovative ways to deliver grant programs.
State Budget invests in jobs growth
The Palaszczuk Government’s State Budget will allocate $460 million in a big boost for job skills, training, and an assistance program for businesses to hire the unemployed.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program has helped more than 36,000 people into jobs.
Supporting skills training is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
The $320 million funding provided in the State Budget ensures this successful training initiative is retained.
In fact, 73 per cent of Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants have gone onto secure employment or further training.
Also, the $140 million over four years for a revitalised Back to Work program will make a real difference.
It has already helped more than 25,000 people get into work, and this substantial investment will help thousands more.
We are committed to tackling youth unemployment. That’s why Back to Work focuses on young people. And this is on top of our investment in free TAFE and free apprenticeships, which have supported over 34,200 young Queenslanders so far.
To access information on Skilling Queenslanders for Work visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw
To access information on Back to Work visit www.backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au
To access the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy visitwww.desbt.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessstrategy
Jobs Fund looking at the future
I’m excited about the Palaszczuk Government’s $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund and the signature $1 billion Works for Queensland program - initiatives aimed squarely at Queensland’s future.
The Queensland Jobs Fund is about encouraging investment in Queensland that creates jobs and supports industries.
Our world-class health response has provided us with an opportunity to attract and create jobs, grow our traditional industries and attract new industries to Queensland.
Within the Fund, $2 billion is dedicated to creating renewable energy and hydrogen jobs through the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.
The Queensland Jobs Fund also sees a new $350 million Industry Partnership Program and along with existing programs will support job-creating industries like advanced manufacturing, hydrogen, biofutures, biomedical, defence, aerospace, space, resource recovery and mining equipment, technology and services.
Treasurer to deliver post-Budget address
I’m really looking forward to hosting Treasurer Cameron Dick at Bartlett’s Tavern in Rockhampton for a post-Budget address on July 22.
It’s part of the traditional post-Budget roadshow, and follows on from one of the best and most historic Budgets in Queensland’s history delivered by Minister Dick last week.
It’s an invitation-only affair and we’re hoping for a good rollup of business leaders, employers and educators.
Treasurer Cameron Dick during a recent visit.
Key speaker at the Childcare conference
It was an honour to be the keynote speaker at the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland conference held on the Gold Coast recently.
Early childhood education and care are important to me, and I enjoyed the opportunity to mix with a number of the 250+plus attendees at The Star Gold Coast hotel.
As Assistant Education Minister it was a perfect opportunity to address a large number of early childhood education and care professionals from across Queensland and Australia about the Palaszczuk Government’s vision for early childhood education and care.
The theme for 2021 is “Early Education… An endless adventure”, and enabled me to share my passion for early education and an understanding that a solid foundation creates for successful lifelong learning.
This conference is one of the biggest and most successful early childhood education and care events in Australia, and was attended by approved providers, early childhood teachers, educators and suppliers.
Brittany speaking at the Childcare conference.
A slice of Hollywood at Yeppoon High
It was so cool to see Academy Award Winning Cinematographer Greg Huglin in action at Yeppoon State High School delivering filmmaking and screen production workshops.
We have some seriously talented young filmmakers and actors in Yeppoon and to see what they could achieve just in a single day was quite amazing!
The Senior Yeppoon High students had a lot of fun and learnt a lot as they developed the story, wrote the script, filmed and edited a quirky looped production, alongside Greg, about an umbrella which magically falls out of the sky.
These students did so well and Greg and Andrea were both very complimentary of their participation, ideas and skills throughout the day.
This workshop was funded by the Palaszczuk Government's Arts Queensland and by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative.
Many thanks to Greg and Andrea from Noosa Film Academy, the Yeppoon SHS Arts teachers, Principal Matt Newell and to all of the students who participated.
Presenting achievement awards for Yeppoon State High School film students.
CQ Regional Forum in Emerald
I co-chaired with the Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke the Central Queensland Regional Community Forum in Emerald last Sunday and Monday.
There is a wide range of issues on the table including the Budget, regional economic action, homelessness, and site visits.
There was a lot to get through in 1.5 days, but it was very productive.
These forums are regularly held throughout Queensland and provide a vital link from the community back to our government.
VAD forum to be held in Yeppoon
A public forum on the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation currently before Parliament will be held on July 13.
This forum will see a number of key speakers share their knowledge of the legislation and the issues.
This is not a forum for submissions, just simply an information session.
The Queensland Parliamentary Health and Environment Committee is presently seeking submissions on the proposed Bill.
Submissions close 9am Friday July 2.
Call my office 49131500 if you want to attend. Numbers are limited.
I was honoured by the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association to officially open the first ever Bullarama to be held in Yeppoon on Saturday night at the Showgrounds.
Bullarama hopes to be the first of many
It’s been a major coup for Yeppoon to host this event, which organisers hope will become a major event on the CRCA riding calendar.
I told the crowd of nearly 2000 that I hope Yeppoon Showgrounds becomes the place for more future Bullaramas, and becomes known as the biggest and the best.
Given the crowd size and the participation rate it’s obvious how popular this sport is.
It’s a great chance for local riders like BEN MORAN to compete without having to travel hours to different events.
This Bullarama unashamedly focuses on promoting the up-and-coming young riders who might want to go on to turn professional.
I thank and congratulate organisers such as LEAH BORGHERO, CRCA president DANNY BORGHERO, and very busy mum NATASHA MELVILLE.
I know Natasha has a special interest in these events with her children taking part and aiming to be the pro riders of the future.
As a mum I’m not sure how Natasha can watch and not worry.
From a local viewpoint, it’s good to see the headquarters of the CRCA based in Rockhampton.
This is great news for the region which, hopefully, will become a part of a circuit that includes events from Bundaberg in the south to Alpha in the west and Airlie Beach in the north.
Meeting the Ministers
This week in Parliament I met with -
- Minister for Digital Economy and Housing Leanne Enoch about digital accessibility in Woorabinda. I am the Ministerial Champion for Woorabinda
- Health Minister Yvette D'Ath concerning the Rockhampton Rehab Centre and the Fitzroy Hospice.
- Education Minister Grace Grace on my portfolio as Assistant Minister and general education issues.
Until next time
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