Mayor Cedric Marshall.
Mayor Cedric Marshall.

Flood-hit Isaac's a budget winner

REBUILDING Queensland following the summer of disasters was high on the State Government’s agenda when it handed down its final Budget before the next election.

The Isaac Regional Council has emerged as a prominent beneficiary from Tuesday’s budget with a number of funding announcements.

Included was a replacement fire and rescue station, more than $1 million for Clermont State School, as well as a focus on repairing pivotal state-controlled roads.

Mayor Cedric Marshal said it was “good news for Clermont” but was cautious to praise the Budget as a whole.

“We are appreciative of what’s being directed our way out of the Budget,” Cr Marshall said.

“We’ve received some funding in the past, and the latest announcements are welcome, but how much is too much?”

The Budget allocated more than $900,000 for a kindergarten refurbishment at Clermont State School, as well as just under $700,000 for air-conditioning replacements and electrical upgrades in classrooms.

Clermont State High School was set to receive a $7000 for maintenance work to be completed.

More than $1.5 million has been directed to constructing a replacement auxiliary staffed fire and rescue station in the town.

“It is certainly good news for Clermont,” Cr Marshall said.

“Especially the announcement of roadwork upgrades on the Alpha-Clermont road, which is in desperate need of repair due to heavy traffic use.”

Treasurer Andrew Fraser on Tuesday said the State Government was committed to ensuring the Gregory electorate received its fair share in funds.

“Gregory will receive a large portion of the road spend, with an additional $30 million directed solely at upgrading, sealing and paving and increasing safety on its roads,” Mr Fraser said.

“This budget puts first and foremost our plans to rebuild Queensland after the natural disasters and invest in our future.

“We want Queensland children to have the very best.” The IRC met yesterday to discuss its local budget, including the preparation of a cost report into upgrading the Dysart sewage treatment plant to be submitted to the State Government at a later date, which Cr Marshall said was just one of many future budget issues.

Isaac funding

$1.53 million to construct a replacement auxiliary- staffed fire and rescue station

$928,000 for a kindergarten refurbishment at Clermont SS

$699,000 for air-conditioning replacement at Clermont SS

$7000 maintenance work at Clermont SHS

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