Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at Parkhurst State School.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at Parkhurst State School.

Bligh evasive on council funding

IN TYPICAL political style, Premier Anna Bligh answered questions, yet didn't, about providing more funding to Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday.

Ms Bligh, who visited Rockhampton on her second campaign day, was questioned whether she would reinstate grants that used to be provided for councils scrapped in recent years.

The question came after a Queensland Treasury Corporation review of council's finances predicted an 8.5% rise in council's general rates this year and in excess of 5% a year until 2021.

"Under my leadership, Queensland has had the largest building program of any state of Australia every single year I've been Premier," she started to respond.

"One of the reasons we are only putting in 50% of the LNG royalties - and remember there will be other royalties from other minerals - in education is because we know we will continue to see growth and in regional parts of Queensland as well as the south east," she eventually said.

"Everybody knows Bill Ludwig has been a staunch opponent of amalgamation," Ms Bligh said in response to Cr Ludwig's comments the report showed amalgamations didn't work.



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