Rocky left out in budget funding

TREASURER Wayne Swan will pump an additional $200 million into fixing the Bruce Highway in tomorrow's budget, but none of it will be spent near Rockhampton.

Mr Swan announced at the weekend that he would reinstate a number of improvement projects that had previously been cancelled in the immediate aftermath of the summer's floods.

The government says it will now spend $2.8 billion on the road between now and 2015.

But Mr Swan's generosity did not impress the LNP's Main Roads spokesman Mark Robinson who described Labor's plans as a multi-million-dollar pothole patch-up.

“The Bruce Highway has been closed almost 500 times in two years because of flooding and yet all the Labor government can do is patch up a few pot-holes,” he said.

“In Central Queensland people feel there is a need for further funding and to experience a cut in real terms is very disappointing. There is no significant investment in road infrastructure in this announcement.”

Dr Robinson said previously Mr Swan had cancelled $326 million of Bruce Highway improvements, notably south of Gympie and north of Mackay.

Now he was reinstating some, but not all, of what was originally planned and claiming it was a funding boost, he said.



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