Mudgeeraba ignored in State Budget

The Labor Government has ignored the Mudgeeraba electorate in its 2015-16 State Budget, refusing to allocate funding to vital local projects.

Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates said that the Mudgeeraba community is now worse off as a result of Treasurer Curtis Pitt making it up as he goes along, trying to plug Labor’s Budget black hole.

Ms Bates said despite her efforts to ensure funding allocated by the former LNP Government was spent on projects in Mudgeeraba, the local area stood to gain little from today’s Budget.

“The Labor Government has failed its first major test by delivering a Budget which is bad for jobs and bad for growth in the Mudgeeraba electorate,” said Ms Bates.

“This Budget proves that Labor has no plan for jobs, no plan for growth, no plan to improve business confidence and no plan to avoid the debt and deficits disaster they left Queensland last time.

“Prior to the Budget, I lobbied the Labor Government to commit funding to important projects for our local area which would see roads improved, school safety enhanced, tourism boosted, law and order secured and the local environment preserved.

“Not only has the Labor Government refused to commit any new funding to our local area, it has ripped away funding which had already been set aside by the former LNP Government to stop hooning in Numinbah Valley, clean up Mudgeeraba Creek, install flashing school zone lights and deliver tourism signage for Springbrook.”

Ms Bates called on the Labor Government to outline how it will deliver major projects which would have been funded by the LNP.

“The Labor Government has confirmed it has no alternative plan to fund much needed road upgrades for our area such as widening the M1 between Robina and Reedy Creek and upgrading Franklin Drive between Old Coach Road and Somerset Drive,” she said.

Ms Bates added that despite the Labor Government’s decision to ignore her electorate, she was pleased to see $6.5 million had been allocated for Clinical Decision Units at the emergency departments of Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital.

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