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.