Federal Member for Flynn, Colin Boyce has outlined his ‘wish list’ ahead of the Budget which will be handed down on May 9.
Mr Boyce said that he’ll be calling on the Federal Labor Government to honour the almost $1 billion of commitments that were made for the Flynn electorate at the last election.
“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,” Mr Boyce said.
“I want to see the continued funding of projects such as the $400 million to seal more than 450 kilometres of the Queensland beef corridors, $1 billion for upgrades of the Inland Freight Route (Charters Towers to Mungindi), $100 million for Gladstone Port Access Road Extension and $600 million for Paradise Dam.
“There needs to be further investment in regional infrastructure such as the Rockhampton Ring Road, as well as a plan to ease the pressure on struggling families with the rising cost of living.
“The Prime Minister promised on 97 occasions that he would lower electricity prices by $275 – but there isn’t an Australian with a bill that indicates that their power prices have come down by $275 under this Labor Government.
“The Labor Government needs to support regional communities by investing in telecommunications, the National Broadband Network, housing, and health services and by committing to bring the Inland Rail to the Port of Gladstone.
“Childcare centres are capping enrolments, closing rooms, and asking children to stay home. I’ve spoken to families stuck on waiting lists, unable to work because there are no childcare places available. Our communities need availability, accessibility, and affordability.
“The Labor Government also must provide funding to support the proposed Yamala Enterprise Area (YEA) intermodal and industrial precinct which will turbocharge Central Queensland’s economy, creating more jobs and industries.
“The Flynn electorate is the economic engine room of Australia and must be supported in the 2023 Federal Budget.”