Townsville snubbed in cash splash

Regional Queensland and drought-riddled communities have missed out on crucial infrastructure funding, as the State and Federal Government’s play catch-up after years of chronic underspending.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today’s announcement has ignored regional and drought affected communities and it’s also disappointing there is no funding for the Bruce Highway.

“We need a stimulus package for all of Queensland to get Queensland working,” Mr Frecklington said.

“The single biggest issue in Queensland is water security but there is not one cent to help regional communities in drought.

“Regional Queensland has missed out and I don’t think it’s right.

“Funding for the LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme or raising the Burdekin Falls Dam should have been included in today’s infrastructure announcement because water is the lifeblood of regional Queensland.

“Both levels of government aren’t doing enough to tackle the drought.

“Too generate jobs immediately and for the long term, we need to be building dams.

“Today’s announcement isn’t going to get Queensland working.

“The biggest danger to Queensland’s economy is a lack of water security and drought, everything else pales into insignificance.

“Only the LNP has a job-creating infrastructure plan for projects like the New Bradfield Scheme because we know water means jobs and the economic opportunities for areas like Townsville are enormous.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is anti-dams, anti-regions and anti-jobs.

“Another kick in the guts for North Queensland is no new money for the Bruce Highway which is in desperate need of repair. “My vision is for Queensland to reach its full potential.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is holding Queensland back.”

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