$3.7 million for new roundabout

THE State Government Budget handed down on Tuesday included $3.7 million for the construction of a new roundabout on the corner of Tropic Road and Shute Harbour Road.

This roundabout is expected to cost a total of $4.39 million but there is an agreed developer contribution of $40,000.

The budget also included $95,000 to the Whitsunday crisis and Counselling service to provide clinical services, health promotion and support groups.

Other money allocated for the Whitsunday area included:

$1.89 million to construct 30 units in Jubilee Pocket at a total cost of $4,090,910.

$50,000 will go towards the completion of the $90,000 Coral Beach walking track upgrade and the installation of toilets, while $30,000 will be allocated to replace signage,” Ms Jarratt said.

$15,190 for Home and Community Care funding to Proserpine Meals on Wheels Services Incorporated through Proserpine Meals on Wheels Services - for meals.

$423,870 for Home and Community Care funding to The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q.) through Blue Care Proserpine for Assessment; Nursing Care; Personal Care; Respite Care; Social Support.

$99,090 towards the Proserpine Main Street Upgrade (RLIP) 2008-09 project, with a total State Government contribution of $220,200.

$750,000 for the installation of lighting on Proserpine - Shute Harbour Road, between Cannonvale and Jubilee Pocket at a total cost of $800,000. Funded from the State Government's Safer Roads Sooner program.

$50,000 for upgrade of Coral Beach walking track and toilet installation at Conway National Park at a total cost of $90,000.

$5,225 to increase coordinator hours and enhance program preparation for the Cannonvale Outside School Hours Care service at a total cost of $15,675.

$30,852 to assist the Scallywags Limited Hours Care Centre child care service with a total State Government contribution of $92,556.

State Tresurer Andrew Fraser said the 2010-2011 budget would deliver on Labor's promise to create more jobs, sooner.

“This is a responsible Budget that builds on the foundations for a stronger economic recovery,” Mr Fraser said.

“Our massive statewide building program will deliver more jobs as we secure a stronger, more robust Queensland economy.”

Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt said the funding for the Proserpine Community Centre was very welcome.

“While this is a small contribution to the overall project it does indicate my determination to see the new Community Centre delivered in Proserpine.

“I am very pleased to see this injection from the State Government, into what will be an exciting project for Proserpine.”

Ms Jarratt said significant funding would go towards improvements at Conway National Park – an environmental icon in the region that is visited by thousands of people.

“We are a growing region and need to make sure we have high quality services and plenty of recreational activities for families to live and play.”

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