Budget bonus for Ipswich

IPSWICH will receive a slice of $53.8 million set aside in the 2011-2012 Queensland budget to fit out office space and move 1200 public servants to the city.

The announcement was one of many Ipswich funding measures found in yesterday's budget.

How much of the $53.8 million will come to Ipswich is not clear at this stage but Government Services Minister Simon Finn said the decentralisation to Ipswich would be a boost for the CBD.

“Negotiations are continuing to secure a lease for a minimum of 15,000sq m of new office space in the Ipswich CBD,” Mr Finn said.

“This is expected to support 1200 State Government workers in the Ipswich CBD by 2014.”

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said there was a massive spend on education and transport in her electorate after January's devastating floods.

“Our schools are not just places of learning; they are often the hubs of the community so it's great to see $1.18 million for a kindergarten at Kruger State School, and $6.73 million for a replacement performing arts facility at Redbank Plains State High,” she said.

Other funding includes $5 million for stage two planning at Springfield Central State High and $1 million for stage two planning at Springfield Central State School.

Another $4.4 millon has been allocated for Woodcrest Trade Training Centre at Woodcrest State College and there is $920,000 for kindergarten refurbishment at the school.

Also in 2011-12, $118.31 million will be spent for the continued infrastructure works on the new 10km dual track from Richlands to Springfield.

The rail project will eventually see new rail stations at Springfield and Springfield Lakes.

“This is an immensely important project for our region not only for its benefit to public transport but also for the associated economic impact,” Ms Miller said.

Work on the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade will continue with $480 million in funding from the state.

Ms Miller said other highlights included $1.28 million to upgrade Goodna Police Station and $175,000 towards passenger set-down facilities at Kruger State School.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace announced $1.4 billion has been budgeted for this year's reconstruction work on flood damaged roads.

Some of the funding will go to badly damaged roads in the Lockyer Valley.

“We are serious about getting hard-hit communities reconnected and back on their feet, particularly the worst hit areas in the Lockyer Valley, Mackay/Whitsundays and Wide Bay/Burnett regions,” he said.

About $2million has been allocated to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and Boonah to Ipswich trail.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser in delivering the budget revealed millions of dollars in lost revenue as the mining, agriculture, tourism and property markets were belted by the floods and Cyclone Yasi.


Winners & losers


New home buyers - A $10,000 grant for new homes less than $600,000 between August and January

First-home buyers - No stamp duty on homes up to $500,000

Pensioners - Increases to electricity, council rates and water rebates

Students - Funds will move Year 7 to high schools

Renters - $93 million towards the National Rental Affordability Scheme in Queensland


Home buyers - Those already in the property market lose a stamp duty discount

Schools - Schools will struggle to pay electricity and water bills according to unions

Motorists - Registration fees are up another 3.6 per cent - 30 per cent in three years, the RACQ says

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