'CQ gets its fair share'
MEMBER for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten last week revealed funding figures that he says explode the myth that all the government spending is in the south-east corner of the state.
The State Government will spend $1.192 billion in the Fitzroy region over the next 12 months. That's $5448 for every man, woman and child compared to the state average of only $4120.
Mr Schwarten said only 5% of the population lived in the Fitzroy region, which received 6.5% of the state's capital works funding. He said 66% of the population lived in the southeast corner, where most of the state's income came from.
“What that shows is that we are getting our fair share of infrastructure spending per capita,” Mr Schwarten said. “It explodes the myth that all the spending is in the south east corner.”
The local member said the budget spending included projects like the Rockhampton Hospital renovations, the new Yeppoon hospital and other school projects.
“Wherever you look there's something going on,” Mr Schwarten said. “Infrastructure spending in CQ is, per capita, higher than it is in other places of the state.”
North of Rockhampton, the Government is investing more than $1.48 billion in the Mackay-Whitsunday region this year.
That equates to around $8611 for every man, woman and child, almost 30% more per capita than Fitzroy region.