$724m investment in Fitzroy comes in state budget

WITH a focus on jobs and regional infrastructure improvements, the Palaszczuk Government's first budget has passed initial scrutiny for its "no frills, solid and innovative" claim.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the budget delivered on jobs now and for the future with $724 million invested in the Fitzroy region.

Included is $25 million to revitalise the Yeppoon foreshore and $15 million to revitalise the Rockhampton riverbank.

Mr Byrne yesterday said he was proud to be part of a government that looked after all Queenslanders and not just those based in south-east Queensland.

"I witnessed firsthand the devastation from Cyclone Marcia...I have taken a personal interest to push to ensure those affected are offered assistance… the Palaszczuk Government has stepped up to assist our communities get back on its feet," Mr Byrne said.

"More teachers for our region, an additional classroom for the Rockhampton Special School and further support to those impacted by domestic violence are just a few of the initiatives this budget will deliver to our region."

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said about $4.8 billion of the overall $10.1 billion spend on infrastructure would be spent in rural and regional communities.

"Regional and rural Queensland are part of Queensland's core - they fundamentally shape who and what we are as a state," Mr Pitt said yesterday.

"We have decided to bring forward an initial $100 million in funding for the Building our Regions program to this financial year," Mr Pitt said.

The Queensland Farmers' Federation also drew some positives out of the Palaszczuk Government's first budget and welcomed investment to combat immediate biosecurity threats, vocational and skills training and funding for the implementation of the Government's Food and Fibre plan.

Queensland Resources Council also gave the budget a tick for delivering on election promises while producing a substantial operating surplus.


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