Dr Christian Rowan MP, the State Member for Moggill, said that today’s Labor State Budget for 2021-2022 is a budget of trickery, and one which is deep in deception.
“Labor’s State Budget again has flawed economic assumptions and dodgy fiscal principles, particularly given that the State Titles Registry has now been valued at nearly $8 billion, which is almost double what it was valued a year ago, with the Labor Treasurer even just two weeks ago boasting that it was worth $4.2 billon.
“Labor has had more than six years to create an infrastructure program to cater for Brisbane’s growing population and they have again failed to deliver.
“Queensland’s infrastructure spending is already way too low, at 12%, compared to nearly 25% in NSW and Victoria.” Dr Rowan said.
Dr Rowan highlighted that in Queensland, ambulance ramping continues to be out of control, local residents are sitting in traffic for longer, housing affordability is diminishing, and local small businesses are not getting the economic support that they need from the State Labor Government.
“In the electorate of Moggill, Labor has recklessly abandoned local residents by:
- Failing to deliver an Integrated Road and Public Transport Plan with funded solutions to ease traffic congestion, and improve public and active transport services.
- Failing to extend the 444 Bus Service to the Moggill District Sports Park, also increasing public transport service timetables and extending public transport routes to service residents of Anstead, Karana Downs and Mount Crosby.
- Failing to allocate $4 Million for a New School Hall at Kenmore State High School.
- Failing to fund $150 Million for A New High School for families in Karana Downs, Mount Crosby, Karalee and surrounding suburbs.
- Failing to fully fund School Infrastructure for every local state school according to their School Strategic Infrastructure Plans.
- Failing to provide $5 Million for a New Community and Neighbourhood Centre to better support the vital work of local community and not for profit organisations.
- Failing to fully fund \Footpath and Pedestrian Infrastructure along Moggill Road and Mt Crosby Road, including key pedestrian travel points through Pullenvale, Pinjarra Hills, Mt Crosby, and a dedicated footpath to the Moggill District Sports Park.
- Failing to commit to adequate vegetation maintenance scheduling to ensure overgrown weeds and other debris is regularly maintained to a high standard and to eliminate serious safety and visibility concerns.
- Failing to provide adequate police resources, and a boost in funding to our Kenmore and Pinjarra Hills Ambulance Stations.
- Failing to provide dedicated Funding for Local Environment and Creek Catchment Groups to support the ongoing and vitally important efforts to preserve, maintain and rehabilitate our local environment and creek catchments.
- Failing to provide adequate targeted support for Small Businesses to create and protect jobs and additional grant funding programs for the western suburbs of Brisbane.
- Failing to provide an adequate number of Public Hospital Beds, an end to ambulance ramping and access block, along with indexed and fair public hospital funding particularly for the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Ipswich Hospital which reflects population growth and demographic changes.
Dr Rowan said that he will continue to strongly advocate on behalf of all local families and residents for the vital infrastructure and services that they need, despite the Palaszczuk State Labor Government’s inaction.