Cash for the Peak Downs and Bruce highways, a funding injection to build Urannah Dam and money towards the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails have topped our pollies’ federal budget wishlists.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will deliver the federal government’s financial blueprint to parliament next Tuesday May 11.

Here are the projects Dawson MP George Christensen and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry want to see included for their respective regions in the budget.

George Christensen:

Reinsurance pool to fix the North Queensland insurance crisis: The federal government is set to deliver this through its commitment to establish a reinsurance pool to cover cyclone and related flood damage in Northern Australia from July 1, 2022.

Urannah Dam: Mr Christensen said the proponents of the project were looking for financial support to get the dam to the construction stage.

“I think we’re going to see a significant commitment to Urannah dam in the budget as well,” he said.

More funding for the Bruce Highway

Continuation of funding programs: Mr Christensen said the budget would more likely include funding earmarked for specific programs, rather than a list of projects being funded.

“I expect we will have continued funding for the Building Better Regions fund, the Stronger Communities Program, and a host of other programs that assist regional communities,” the Dawson MP said.

“Because we need to see a big bucket of funding that’s going to do things like help develop the riverfront through Mackay Regional Council’s plan for the Waterfront Priority Development Area.

“We need to see projects like Skyway in the Whitsundays be able to tap into funding to get that off the ground.

“I’m hoping there's going to be significant support in there for further regional development funding.”

Dawson MP George Christensen, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.
Dawson MP George Christensen, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.

Michelle Landry:

Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails: Ms Landry said the mountain bike track would comprise a 50km network of mountain bike trails spanning from Eungella to Finch Hatton.

“This will be an international standard trail network, capable of hosting a world class event as well as ancillary infrastructure such as trail heads, carparking, toiletries and recreation facilities,” she said.

Funding to build Urannah Dam

Funding new and bringing forward Bruce Highway projects

Funding new and bringing forward Peak Downs Highway projects

Philips Creek Bridge: “This project is targeted to upgrade the current bridge across Philips Creek on the Saraji Road, connecting Moranbah and Dysart communities,” Ms Landry said.

“The project provides for flood mitigation, traffic safety and load capacity. It will also provide significant economic benefit for several mining companies who use this route.”

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Sarina Town Centre – Broad Street Upgrade: “This will help to transform the centre of Sarina. The concept realigns the highway to incorporate improved landscaping, the civic town centre and widen pedestrian footpaths,” Ms Landry said.

“The upgrade will improve safety and create a place the people want to stage and engage, delivering benefits to the economy and community.”

Alliance Airlines maintenance hangar at Rockhampton Airport: “This will create 225 jobs,” Ms Landry said.

“Alliance expects to employ 125 staff for the new maintenance and repair hanger plus a further 100 additional jobs in the region while injecting $30m into the local economy.”

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