Tight fiscal rein
NOOSA MP Glen Elmes said a tight budget approach will help restore Queensland's AAA credit rating and that will save hundreds of millions of dollars on the costs of borrowing.
"Those savings can be reinvested back into schools and hospitals, so it's really important we get back to that."
Among the general budget highlights for Noosa are:
an easing of cost of living pressure by a rebate of up to $80 on domestic water costs for south-east Queensland families in 2012-13;
freezing car registration fees for more than 2.5 million family vehicles; freezing tariff 11 saving families an average of $120 on their annual electricity bill; and
halving public transport fare increases due in 2013 and 2014 in SEQ.
Noosa specific funding includes:
$1 million for the construction of a four-kilometre David Low Way cycleway;
$75,000 to complete the Girraween sporting complex at Noosa Heads;
$16,000 for the construction of a rock protection wall and geotextile groynes to protect the Noosa Spit from further erosion as well as regeneration and stabilisation of the beach;
$97,000 for the fitout of the multi-purpose centre at Coolum State High School (which is in the Noosa electorate).
The budget also included:
$31.7 million to begin construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
a final funding boost of $60.6 million will be spent on completing Section B of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade.
$146.9 million over four years to deliver an additional 1100 new police officers;
$12 million for an extra 40,000 public specialist outpatient services.