Tradies benefit from budget

NOOSA'S trades force will be soon be heading back to school, courtesy of $1.6 million economic fix in the LNP Government's first State Budget.

The Member for Noosa and Minister Assisting the Premier, Glen Elmes, believes the $160,000 funding available to each of the 10 schools in the old Noosa Shire area will be a shot in the arm for many involved in the depressed building industry who often have to travel to Brisbane to find work.

"The good thing is that there is no referral to QBuild or any other authorities," Mr Elmes said.

"This money is paid to the schools, and the school P&C together with the principal sits down and looks at where their maintenance is up to.

"They are able to direct where the money is spent - it's their decision. The important thing here is that the money is spent locally.

"From the point of view of painters, builders, electricians and plumbers, there is going to be a good body of money available."

Another building boost is the budget's First Home Owner Construction Grant - with $15,000 (up from $7000) available when purchasing a newly constructed home or property off the plan.

"That is excellent, but bear in mind we've also given the $7000 stamp duty relief when we came in - that's $7000 on existing homes," Mr Elmes said.

"The big exercise ... has been to get the budget under control and we've done that to the degree that in the 2014-15 year we will deliver a fiscal surplus of $652 million."

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