State Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
State Treasurer Curtis Pitt. Valerie Horton

State Budget 2016/17: what’s in it for you?

ON Tuesday Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt outlined $52.6 billion in spending at the announcement of the 2016/17 State Budget.   

Mr Pitt described the spending blueprint for the next year as a "back to work" budget focused on job creation and infrastructure development.  

But what will it mean for you living in the Whitsundays?  

The Cannonvale State School is a winner - $6 million has been allocated for the building of a Junior Learning Centre, with $3.7 million of that from this year's budget.  

Regional tourism has also fared well.  

The Advance Queensland fund will aim to lure tourists from Asia  by putting on more international air routes and creating new tourism experiences.  

A further $2.4 million will be spent on public moorings in the Whitsundays, Cairns, Capricorn and Townsville regions along the Great Barrier Reef to create internationally recognised "scenic drives by the sea".  

And $250,000 has been allocated to support the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership.  

There's also $1 million this financial year for Proserpine's new $2.4 million Fire Station and cash incentives of up to $15,000 for businesses that hire the long-term unemployed.  

However, State Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan wasn't happy with the Budget and expressed his "disappointment" in numerous posts on social media at the time.  

"Today's State Budget was disappointing in so many ways especially when it came to roads," he wrote.    


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