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Published On: Tue, Jun 13th, 2017

Queensland State Allocates $42.75 Billion in Budget for Infrastructure Projects

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said that Queensland’s 2017-2018 state budget of $42.75 billion in infrastructure projects over the next four years will support 40,000 jobs within the south-east corner of the state and another 22,000 jobs outside. 


Photo: Brisbane Times

Here, Brisbane Times provides a breakdown of the state budget: 

Brisbane region 

  • The 2017-18 Budget allocates an extra $1.9 billion to the $800 million that has already been allocated to the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project. However just $129 million in addition to the $800 million already promised is there for 2017-18. The government says that will be enough to start work on the project. 
  • New mental health facilities at Nundah, Brisbane North and Brisbane South will receive $8.7 million as part of a planned $68.9 million expansion of mental health care. 
  • Kelvin Grove State College will receive $6.2 million towards a $14.2 million indoor sports facility. 
  • Central Station upgrade – $20.6 million towards a $44.3 million plan to modernise the CBD station. 
  • Sciencentre upgrade – $6 million towards an $11 million upgrade of the Queensland Museum facility. 
  • Cultural Centre at South Bank – $6 million of the $22.9 million needed to improve power and water systems. 
  • Boggo Road Gaol – $2.7 million to begin the $42.1 million redevelopment of the heritage-listed landmark. 
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – $5.3 million towards a new $6.1 million nuclear medical science laboratory. 
  • Queensland State Netball Centre – $29 million towards a $44 million upgrade. 
  • North Stradbroke Island – $9.6 million towards the 23 projects identified in the $23 million North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition strategy. 
  • New schools at West End, Fortitude Valley, plus new classrooms and halls at Redland Bay State School, Sunnybank Special School, Mansfield State High School, Cavendish Road and Kelvin Grove. 
  • $4 million for a new ambulance station at Wynnum. 
  • Social housing – $119 million for public housing in Brisbane in 2017-18. 

Gold Coast region 

  • $233.5 million towards Gold Coast Light Rail (stage 2). 
  • $23.5 million towards the $131.5 million Coomera to Helensvale rail line duplication. 
  • Pimpama State School: $4.5 million in 2017-8 for new hall and classrooms. 
  • Pimpama State Secondary College – $5.6 million to complete work currently underway. 
  • Coomera: New primary school – $11.7 million in 2017-18, part of $32 million project. 
  • Coomera Indoor Sports Centre – $1.5 million to finalise the Commonwealth Games facility. 
  • Tamborine Mountains State High School – $1.2 million for new classrooms. 
  • Gold Coast University Hospital Mental Health Unit – $4.6 million in 2016-17 for mothers with significant mental health problems; also $2 million for mental health care for older people. 
  • Mermaid Waters new ambulance station at Coral Gardens – $4.5 million of a $4.7 million project. 
  • Caningeraba State School – $4.4 million for new classrooms 
  • Tallebudgera’s Gold Coast Recreation Centre – $1.3 million to upgrade the facility 
  • Springbrook National Park – $179,000 to build a new bitumen walkway to Natural Bridge tourist highlight. 
  • Commonwealth Games security – $72million of $85 million needed for extra security at the Games. 
  • Roads for the 2018 Commonwealth Games – $37.9 million to finish several road projects. 
  • Social housing – $28.9 million for new public housing in 2017-18. 

Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region 

  • North Coast Rail Line – $16.9 million in 2017-18 for the North Coast Rail Line and $81.7 million in forward estimates for additional passing lanes, but there is no money for the $790 million Beerburrum to Nambour rail project. 
  • Coolum State High School – $3.2 million for new classrooms. 
  • Nambour Police station – $300,000 towards a $9 million project 
  • Nambour Special School – $4.4 million for new classrooms. 
  • Connondale National Park – $185,000 to replace the Bundaroo Bridge with a new concrete bridge. 
  • Caloundra Hospital upgrade – $7.9 million of $17 million needed to improve the hospital. 
  • Caboolture Hospital – $9 million to begin a $112 million business case to expand Caboolture, Ipswich and Logan hospitals. 
  • Caboolture Hospital emergency department – $15 million of a $19.6 million project. 
  • Caboolture Special School – $4.3 million of $7 million to build new classrooms. 
  • Redcliffe State High School – $4.6 million of $6 million to build extra classrooms. 
  • Redcliffe Hospital – $7 million for extra acute beds at the hospital. 
  • North Lakes State College – $9 million in 2017-18 for new classrooms. 
  • Mango Hill State School – $4.6 million of $5.8 million for new classrooms 
  • Public Housing – $54.3 million allocated for new public housing in Sunshine Coast and Moreton areas. 

Ipswich region 

  • Ipswich Motorway Rocklea to Darra section – $36 million. 
  • Warrego Highway – $5.1m to upgrade Talelgalla Road and Lowood-Minden Road 
  • Ipswich Hospital – $5 million for new clinical decision unit. 
  • Ipswich Hospital – $1.1 million of a $1.8 million project to build a new high dependency mental health facility. 
  • Ipswich West Special School – $6.3 million from $7.4 million for new classrooms. 
  • Springfield Central State High School – $4.8 million of a $5.2 million project to build a multi-purpose hall. 
  • Somerset Dam hydro plant – $1 million to begin a $12.1 million project. 
  • Wivenhoe Power Station – $12.3 million to bring gas turbines back on line. 
  • Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant – $1.8 million to begin a $31.6 million improvement. 
  • Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre – $14 million of a $33.4m plan to improve the women’s prison. 
  • Workshops Rail Museum – $690,000 of a $1.5 million maintenance upgrade; 
  • Inala Community Centre – $1.3 million towards a $3.5 million improvement project. 
  • Bundamba Fire and Rescue station – $2.5million of a $3.6 million project. 
  • Bundamba Racecourse – $13 million to upgrade the Ipswich Turf Club. 
  • Boonah Hospital – $724,000 of $824,000 to replace the hospital’s air-conditioning. 

Logan region 

  • Pacific Motorway – $10 million to begin the $170 million Pacific Motorway/Gateway Motorway merge. 
  • Daisy Hill Koala Centre – $2.8 million of a $3.3 million upgrade before the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 
  • Mt Lindesay Highway – $4million to begin the $20 million widening of the highway between Browns Plains and Beaudesert. 
  • Waterford to Tamborine Road near Logan Village – $18 million to begin a $39 million upgrade of four intersections; also $12.3 million for road safety works near Yarrabilba. 
  • Marsden State High School – $4.8 million for a $5.2 million multi-purpose hall. 
  • Bromelton Interregional freight project – $7.6 million of a $9.5 million project towards new regional rail fright facility. 
  • Beaudesert to Beenleigh Road – $2 million of the $5.9 million needed to upgrade the road. 
  • Yarrabilba – $14 million to begin work at a new primary school at Yarrabilba. 
  • Beaudesert – $7 million towards the $26 million needed to widen the Mt Lindsay Highway at the new Beaudesert Town Centre. 
  • Social housing – $31.7 million for new social housing in the Logan area. 

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