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Bribie left out of state budget 2017

Pumicestone MP Rick Williams (right) said it's Caboolture Hospital's turn for upgrades.
Pumicestone MP Rick Williams (right) said it's Caboolture Hospital's turn for upgrades.

PUMICESTONE MP Rick Williams said he's optimistic about the 2017 State Budget, despite Bribie Island being mostly neglected.

The State Government predicts it will reduce the unemployment rate to 6% and oversee an economic growth of up to 3% by 2019.

The only new specific announcement for Bribie Island is the inclusion of a 3000sq km fire break in the island's north-west, which will break up 15km of grassland and help evacuate beaches in the event of a fire.

Mr Williams said he was optimistic about the budget despite the lack of announcements for the island.

"Normally at this time of year people will refer to 'pork barrelling' before elections and budgets but we haven't done that," he said.

"We've been progressively funding and upgrading projects as we go, such as Bribie State School and Bribie Island Rd."

One of the main features of the 2017 budget will have Bribie Islanders jumping for joy is Caboolture Hospital's portion of $112 million that will be split across three hospitals in south-east Queensland.

About $15 million will go toward a total revamp of the emergency room, while funding has been announced to cover the 300 carpark spaces promised in June last year.

This comes after the completion of the 32-bed adult inpatient ward last week, which cost $13.39 million.

The only new promise announced in the budget for Caboolture Hospital was $3 million for a business case development, for which the details are still unclear.

Mr Williams said funding for the hospital was a win for the entire area.

"It's our turn," he said.

"Brisbane had a lot of work done, the University of the Sunshine Coast Hospital had $1.2 billion and we really need to have our facilities upgraded.

"We share a main hospital and police station (with the Caboolture region). Any upgrade there is a bonus for the greater region and it's not like it's a million miles away."

The government has committed to previous promises to upgrade the Caboolture Police Station, while Tullawong, Caboolture East and Caboolture state schools will share $700,000 in new funding.

One thing Mr Williams said he was "disappointed'" about was the lack of funding for roads in his electorate.

"We don't have anything for roads (yet)," he said.

"I've called for a meeting (and) I'm still fighting for roads.

"Hopefully by the end of the week I might be feeling better about it."


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