Mixed response to first budget
AS COAST unions rallied Wednesday to vent outrage at a possible jobs loss of 1000 from state budget cuts, the LNP fiscal plan has been received with mixed feelings by Noosa Chamber of Commerce president Carl Beck.
Mr Beck said he understood Premier Campbell Newman needed to rein in public spending urgently, but the number of public service job losses throughout the state was of concern.
"I'm sort of torn a bit. You don't want public services in area likes health to be affected," Mr Beck said.
"You don't want to see people have to wait longer for services and you want the Health Department to be the best that it can."
Mr Beck said it was hoped many of those people losing their jobs would be reemployed, possibly even by the state government down the track as the debt levels eased.
"They (the state government) are tipping another $800 million into health, so it's not like they cutting back. They're just trying to trim it, I think. It's a tough gig. We all know that Labor mismanaged health, but the proof will be in the pudding. We're going to just have to wait and see what happens."
Noosa MP Glen Elmes said:
"Making these exceptionally hard decisions in terms of what we've had to do with public service cuts and so forth, that has really brought the bacon home.
"We're in situation where total job losses across the state through the public service will be around 14,000."
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the Newman government has provided additional funding of $20 million in the 2012-13 state budget to implement a tourism investment strategy focusing on destination marketing.
"The Newman government has provided additional funding of $20 million in the 2012-13 state budget to implement a Tourism Investment Strategy focusing on destination marketing.
"We have more than doubled the amount of funding for regional tourism organisations from $3.1 million to $7 million per year."
The state government quoted Events Queensland figures showing the Noosa Triathlon last year generated more than $12 million for Queensland.