Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates MP has welcomed the Federal Government’s investment in small business, infrastructure and employment in Queensland.

Ms Bates said a record investment in health and education would also go a long way in providing world class health care and schools for local families.

“Small businesses are the engine room of our local economy and I know there are hundreds of small business owners in Mudgeeraba that will be better off under this Budget,” said Ms Bates.

“Local job seekers, particularly young people, are also going to benefit from the $5.5 billion jobs and small business package.”

Local small business owner Carl Schuetze said he was thrilled with the package and said the benefits would flow through to the rest of the community.

“This Coalition Government is proactively reducing the burdens on small business and providing the incentives we need to expand,” said Mr Schuetze.

“Under the Howard Government in 2007, I employed over 25 staff, but I was forced to reduce this number to 7 as confidence plummeted under the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments.

“I’m pleased to again be boosting my staff numbers back to more than a dozen and hiring more young people from our community under the Abbott Coalition Government.”

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said it was now up to the Palaszczuk-Gordon Labor Government to outline what it plans to do to deliver on its promises to reduce debt, deliver a fiscal surplus and create jobs.

“Labor has no more excuses for shelving projects and stalling decisions,” he said.

“The residents of Mudgeeraba are crying out for the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government to stop dithering and start doing.

“It’s no secret that the inexperienced Labor Government doesn’t have a plan and is making it up as it goes.

“The Premier and her Treasurer must now outline how they will improve the lives of people living in the Gold Coast region and take our great state