Budget delivers for Currumbin residents

17 Sep 2012 4:19 PMJann Stuckey

14 September 2012

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has congratulated the Treasurer, the Hon. Tim Nicholls, for putting Queensland’s future first in the 2012/2013 Queensland State Budget handed down in parliament this week.

“The 2012/2013 Budget is the most important in a generation. It is a budget for Queensland’s future and will set our finances on the road to recovery,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Currumbin residents will feel the benefits of this Budget now and into the future with cost of living relief and a plan to get Queensland back on track.

“After year on year increases in water prices this Budget provides for an $80 water rebate for residents in South East Queensland as the Newman Government works to untangle the mess left behind by Labor.

“Combining the water rebate with a freeze on the standard electricity tariff (tariff 11), Currumbin families will see an average saving of $200 this year.

“More relief for families will be felt with a freeze on family car registration and a plan to halve planned public transport fare increases.

“Currumbin’s 8 public schools will be eligible for up to $160,000 as part of a $200 million commitment over 2 years to fix the backlog of existing priority maintenance issues.

“Furthermore, the construction industry will get a much needed lift with the announcement of a First Home Owner Construction Grant to the value of $15,000 available to those purchasing a newly constructed home or a property off the plan.

“Currumbin will receive $5.552 million in disability service grants as this Budget demonstrates the LNP’s commitment to improving disabilities support in Queensland.

“The Budget also allocated $15 million over three years for a new trial program aimed at providing greater security to older parent carers who can no longer look after their child with a disability.

“Funding of $522,000 has been assigned to the Gold Coast South Home Assist Secure Service which will provide ongoing support and advice for those aged 60 years and over.

“As part of the Newman Government’s working commitment to increase Queenslanders’ participation in sport and recreation activities, soccer and football resources in Tugun will receive funding for equipment and provide accreditation for coaches and referees.

“Funding has also been allocated to undertake works on our roads including $1 million towards the Coolangatta Road/Boyd Street intersection and $6.544 towards works on the Pacific Highway from Tugun – Tweed Heads.

“The Newman Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to tackling law and orders issues setting aside $3 million for the Gold Coast police helicopter and $1.1 million to establish a Major and Organised Crime Squad on the Gold Coast.

“This is a Budget that truly puts Queenslanders best interests first and will deliver real savings for residents in Currumbin.