Federal Member for Flynn, Colin Boyce has called on the Federal Labor Government to honour the almost $1bn of election commitments that were made for the Flynn electorate at the last election.
This is following reports that the Federal Labor Government will target more than $10bn in funding for regional projects across the country to “rebalance” next week’s budget.
Mr Boyce said Labor’s plan to rip out regional funding will hurt community groups and will put nation building infrastructure including the rebuilding of Paradise Dam and the Inland Rail project in limbo.
“Right now, critical regional projects are at risk at the hands of a Labor Government propped up by suburban seats,” Mr Boyce said.
“Labor’s reported plan to break promises and cut funding to regional community groups and sporting clubs includes many right here in Flynn – valuable organisations run by hardworking volunteers who are the very fabric of our communities.
“This includes, $10 million for the Gladstone Basketball Stadium and Indoor Sports, $2.5 million for the Boyne Tannum Sharks new clubhouse and facilities and $250,000 for the Gladstone Bowls Club/ RSL sub-branch.
“It is fundamental that Labor not only honour their election commitments but also budgeted items from the last Coalition Government.
“Budgeted items including $600m for the rebuilding of Paradise Dam, $400 million for sealing of the Beef Roads, $25 million for CQ Inland Port Future Development and $10 million to investigate the viability of extending Inland Rail from Toowoomba to the Port of Gladstone.
“The former Labor candidate for Flynn claimed on May 24 that a Labor Government “will deliver for our community” by honouring every funding commitment.
“I believe a promise is a promise, every single dollar committed for Flynn must be in next week’s budget and nothing should be ripped out.”