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Hospital and Ripley our big budget winners

Treasurer Tim Nicholls briefs journalists on the Queensland Budget.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls briefs journalists on the Queensland Budget.

HEALTH services in Ipswich and the Ripley Valley development were the big winners in yesterday's State Government budget, but just $5 million was committed to the Ipswich Motorway.

The State Government committed to $40.8 million to continue the Ipswich Hospital expansion, and a further $30.4 million to expand hospital services, plus $19 million for road, water and sewerage infrastructure in the Ripley Valley development.

However, many of the budget bullet points for Ipswich had already been announced as part of previous budgets.

Click here for a PDF of the 2013 Ipswich Regional Budget Statement

Yesterday's announcement had $6.8 million to fund new facilities in four local schools, $3 million over three years to develop hydrological and hydraulic models for the Brisbane River, $40.8 million to continue the expansion of the Ipswich Hospital, $50.8 million for the Richlands to Springfield rail line and $45.8 million on the construction of auxiliary lanes on the Centenary Mwy.

Bundamba Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller said there was very little in the budget that hadn't been initiated by the previous Labor Government.

She said the hospital expansion; school funding, railway and highway expansions were all started by Labor.

Ms Miller also said five recently announced schools in the Ipswich region hadn't been allocated any money in the budget.

LNP Ipswich MP Ian Berry said the region would benefit from increased funding to the hospital.

"The 12.1% increase for the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service based at the Ipswich Hospital is a record and demonstrates the LNP Government's commitment to put patients first," he said.

"Of this boost of $45.3 million for 2013-2014, $30.4 million will be spent on providing new and expanded services to meet Ipswich Hospital's growing needs."

Ecco Ripley developer Sekisui House senior development manager Craig D'Costa said he was pleased with the budget announcement.

Topics:  ipswich hospital ipswich motorway ripley valley development state budget 2013



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