State Budget Highlights for Currumbin

12 Jun 2013 11:00 AMJann Stuckey

6 June 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed a number of measures set to benefit the residents of Currumbin in the 2013/2014 State Budget handed down by the Treasurer and Minister for Trade, the Hon. Tim Nicholls, this week in parliament.

“The 2013/2014 Budget is focused on growing our economy, rebuilding Queensland, and making our communities more resilient for the future,” Ms Stuckey said.

“An appropriate balance has been achieved with this Budget, which works to stabilise debt and make investments in delivering a better quality of Government services.

“Currumbin schools, disability services, community groups and law and order receive a direct boost from this Budget.

“Palm-Beach Currumbin High School will receive $4.302 million to build additional classrooms.  Elanora High School will receive close to $300,000 to conduct much needed refurbishment works to their facilities.

“Disability services are set to improve in Currumbin with a total of $4.166 million in grants allocated which will go a long way towards providing certainty for Queenslanders with a disability, their families and their carers.

“Social Inclusion services will also benefit with $2.036 million boost in grants for a number of worthwhile causes including youth support, senior support and domestic violence prevention.

“In addition, a further $68,000 has been allocated for child safety services in Currumbin for a number of programs such as family support.

“The Gold Coast Police Helicopter will continue to operate with $3 million in funding assigned to support this invaluable asset to our local area.

“In line with the government’s commitment to recruit 1,1000 new police officers over the next four years, this Budgets sets aside $63 million to fund this process.

“Seven Neighbourhood Watch Groups (NHW) in the electorate are set to benefit with $1 million to go towards NHW and Crime Stoppers as part of an ongoing commitment to support community policing initiatives.

“The Palm Beach substation will receive an upgrade with Energex set to spend $260,000 as part of a larger project with a total cost of $13.8 million to increase network capacity and improve reliability.

“Following the 2012 September budget local community groups and organisations have received over $500,000 through a variety of grants.  Groups will again be eligible for funding in the coming year with a number of grants programs planned to support the great work they do in our community.

“Upcoming events in the Currumbin electorate including Australian Stand Up & Paddleboard Festival, Bleach Festival, Kirra Kite Festival, ahm Wave Warriors Junior Challenge and the QLD Ocean Swim Series will receive funding to host their events that attract visitors from near and far to celebrate the lifestyle and culture on the southern Gold Coast.

“This Budget is a demonstration of our commitment to fix the state’s finances and grow a stronger Queensland economy, so that we remain a great state with great opportunities for all.