The Sunshine Coast University Hospital is the big winner in the Qld budget.
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital is the big winner in the Qld budget. Contributed

Sunshine Coast hospital project wins $369m in Qld budget

THERE are few surprises for the Sunshine Coast in the Newman Government's third budget, with $369.8 million for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital easily taking the largest chunk of funding.

The state estimates up to $1.5 billion will be spent in the region during the coming financial year.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls will tell Parliament this is a worker budget - one of building and fortifying the state - "not one of flashy new announcements and programs".

On top of the hospital cash, there will be $24.5 million to fund two new road interchanges ahead of the "six laning" between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway -- a project that will eventually cost $1.13 billion.

The Cooroy to Curra interchange will score $180 million in joint state and federal funding for the latest stage of its upgrade.

There will be $20.8 million to expand and improve social housing, $2.2 million to shift Coolum Police Station and $21,000 for a Gympie "flood management options study".

Another $1.6 million would be spent to replace Pomona's auxiliary fire and rescue station.

The Mary Valley Heritage Railway will be re-commissioned at a cost of $1.7 million in an effort to lure tourists to the area.

Mr Nicholls has said the less-than-exciting budget will allow the government to achieve a surplus of $188 million by mid-2015.

SUNSHINE COAST BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

TIM NICHOLLS' BUDGET SPEECH IN FULL

THE BUDGET STRATEGY AND OUTLOOK

Some of the projects funded in the 2014 State Budget. Source: Qld Government.
Some of the projects funded in the 2014 State Budget. Source: Qld Government.

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