Labor candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga, the candidate for Mirani Jim Pearce, opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne speak to the media about asset sales outside Stanwell Power Station. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Labor candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga, the candidate for Mirani Jim Pearce, opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne speak to the media about asset sales outside Stanwell Power Station. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King ROK

State Budget's $50m Stanwell boost just the beginning

MIRANI MP Jim Pearce has deemed the Turnbull government's multi-billion dollar company tax cuts "obscene" as families in the Rockhampton region search for work.

It comes as the vocal State Member announced what's in store for the electorate in the Palaszczuk Queensland Government Budget, to be handed down in Parliament on Tuesday, June 14.

The Stanwell Power Station is set to receive a $50 million upgrade and overhaul, which Mr Pearce said would include an upgrade to the station's control system, funded by the  government-owned Stanwell Corporation which owns and operates the power station.

rok-jim22 Jim Pearce. ALLAN REINIKKA AR22-0910-1
rok-jim22 Jim Pearce. ALLAN REINIKKA AR22-0910-1 Allan Reinikka

A $4.3 million plan to maintain the Mount Morgan mine site is set to go ahead which will include water management and ongoing infrastructure maintenance.

Mr Pearce said he also wanted to see some initiatives to entice new business to Queensland with programs specifically designed to create new jobs in regional centres like Rockhampton. 

"It's obscene that Turnbull's giving multi-billion dollar companies tax cuts while families in the Rockhampton region are still searching for work," Mr Pearce said.

"I've suggested to the Treasurer that we should look at initiatives to create more jobs in the north by actively trying to incentivise new businesses here from interstate.

"I believe that with the right policy setting and incentives we can create a disruptor effect that sees southerners bring their families and businesses north.

"Our state economy is performing well in difficult times and it's time for Central Queensland to share in that story." 

The State Budget will also provide for road works, increased health funding and new tourism investment across the diverse Mirani electorate.

OTHER BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

  • $1.9 million to support child protection programmes in Mirani electorate
  • $2.3 million to support the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan

ABOUT THE MIRANI ELECTORATE: 

  • Stretches south along the Bruce Hwy from Mackay, passes around the edge of Rockhampton and includes Mount Morgan.
  • Mirani itself is a rural town of about 800 people, 30km from Mackay
  • Industry is an important facet of the electorate - including sugar industry areas
  • Also home to mining towns including Dysart, Middlemount and Mount Morgan


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