First Newman budget good for Noosa

Mr Elmes said the Budget was developed in difficult financial times, but still provided new initiatives for local communities which will particularly benefit schools and households.

The most exciting initiative in the Budget is the new schools maintenance program, which provides funding to local government schools for minor projects and capital works,” Mr Elmes said.

“Seven government schools within the Noosa electorate will each qualify for the $160,000 State Government bonus payment over two years.

The choice of what work needs doing within their school is at the P&C’s discretion.

That’s more than a million dollars ($1,120,000) available for the Noosa economy.

If we spread the application wider, but still local, to take in the old Noosa shire area, there are 10 eligible schools which will mean an additional $1.6 million flowing into the local economy.

This means employment for local tradespeople who will undertake the work.

The grants will also give power back to each local school community to decide what each school needs.”

Mr Elmes said Queensland first home buyers and the construction industry will benefit from the Budget, with a new home purchase assistance program which more than doubles the existing grant for new first home buyers. “First home buyers will receive $15,000 - up from $7,000 - when purchasing a newly constructed home or property off the plan, under the re-shaped First Home Owner Construction Grant,” he said. “The Government’s First Home Owner Construction Grant will help more Queenslanders buy their first home and provide a much needed lift to Queensland’s property and construction industry.

This is a budget for the future, which sets Queensland’s finances on the way to recovery, and breaks us free from the addiction to debt and deficit.

The budget starts Queensland on the path to a better future by stabilising debt and easing cost of living pressures on families with initiatives like:.

  • Providing a rebate of up to $80 on domestic water costs for south-east Queensland families in 2012-13;
  • Freezing car registration fees for more than 2.5 million family vehicles;
  • Reinstating the principal place of residence concessional rate of stamp duty, saving Queenslanders up to $7,175 when buying the family home;
  • Freezing tariff 11 saving families an average of $120 on their annual electricity bill; and
  • Halving public transport fare increases due in 2013 and 2014 in SEQ;

Some specific local initiatives funded in the budget include:

  • $1 million for the construction of a 4-kilometre David Low Way cycleway;
  • $75,000 to complete the Girraween sporting complex at Noosa Heads;
  • $16,000 for the construction of a rock protection wall and geotextile groynes to protect the Noosa Spit from further erosion as well as regeneration and stabilisation of the beach;
  • $97,000 for the fitout of the multi-purpose centre at Coolum State High School.

Mr Elmes said the budget also included $31.7 million to begin construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Other statewide initiatives in the budget which will benefit Noosa residents include:

  • $146.9 million over four years to deliver an additional 1,100 new police officers;
  • $12 million for an extra 40,000 public specialist outpatient services;
  • $15 million for an “Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial” to provide a range of options for elderly parent carers of people with a disability to assist in transition to new care arrangements;
  • $1 billion over 10 years to upgrade the Bruce Highway focusing on improved safety and flood immunity, subject to cost sharing agreement with the Federal Government; and
  • $20 million Tourism Investment Strategy focussing on key emerging markets.

Mr Elmes said this is a once in a generation budget targeted at local communities to provide the right services to the right people.