POWER PACKED: $51m to keep Central QLD home lights burning

THE Stanwell Power Station, Rockhampton's new Intensive Care Unit and our roads are among the big winners  in this year's State Budget.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Tuesday committed $51.8 million on Tuesday to ensure the Stanwell Power Station remains operating over the coming 12 months.

It was just one of the major spends in the government's $1.44 billion commitment for the Fitzroy region,  which covers Rockhampton, Livingstone, Gladstone, Biloela and Emerald.

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The billion dollar boost includes $488 million for the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services; $892.9 million for health, utility, education and transport infrastructure; $50.1 million in disaster relief funding; and $12.175 million - or $48.7m over four years - to pay for school improvements.

Rockhampton's public hospital was also a winner as the government set aside  $5.1 million to complete the final stages of the $173.1 million  hospital expansion and $9 million towards a new helipad and a 10-bed intensive care unit.

Roads users did not miss with  $7.2 million  pledged for works on the Gregory Highway between Emerald and Clermont.

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The government will also put $4 million towards road works aimed at improving the development of the CQUniversity Priority Development Area.

Education priorities include $3.4 million to upgrade buildings at the Emerald Agricultural College and the Longreach Pastoral College.

There were a number of environment commitments including $2.7 million to ensure contaminated water does not leak into the areas surrounding the  abandoned Mount Morgan mine.

The Capricorn Conservation Council will get $50,000.

The government has promised to spend $100 million over the next five years improving the Great Barrier Reef while a $15 million reef water quality protection plan will be formulated.  

Cyclone Marcia rejuvenation commitments announced on Monday included $25 million for the Yeppoon Foreshore and $15 million for the Rockhampton Riverbank project.

The State Government has committed   $105.9 million in capital grants for councils in the Fitzroy region.

- APN NEWSDESK


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