North Burnett region flying high after new R4R announcements
Central and North Burnett families will receive better airports and continued Royal Flying Doctor Services courtesy of $8.23 million funding from Round 4 of the Newman LNP Government’s Royalties for the Regions (R4R) program. LNP Member for Callide, Jeff Seeney said his region had received more than $8 million through this round of funding, bringing the total the Callide electorate has received to almost $45 million during the first term of the Newman Government.
“Over the past three years the Royalties for the Regions program has made strong inroads into reversing Labor’s neglect of rural and regional Queenslanders,” Mr Seeney said.
“Labor had no plan to look after Queensland’s regions and they still don’t.
“Our government has wasted no time heeding the advice of pilots and the Royal Flying Doctor Service who have said failure to provide critical upgrades to the Gayndah, Monto and Mundubbera airports could prevent planes from landing in the future.
“Through Round 4 of our flagship Royalties for the Regions program, all three airport runways will be significantly upgraded and their ground lighting improved.
“Monto and Mundubbera airports will also have their instrument arrival procedures improved.
“This $8 million package of major upgrades to our airports is great news for our community and will put us in good stead to take advantage of future tourism and logistics opportunities.”
Mr Seeney said North Burnett Regional Council had now received almost $25 million through Royalties for the Regions since the program’s inception by the LNP in 2012, including $15 million to seal a major section of Monto-Mount Perry Road and $1 million to replace Splinter Creek Bridge.
Council had contributed to the delivery of the projects as well, ensuring the benefits to the community were maximised.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh said council would contribute $570,000 to the upgrade of these three airports and that $4.9 million was also being provided by the Australian and Queensland Government’s National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“I regularly receive complaints from pilots about bumps in runways and poor night-time visibility,” Cr Waugh said.
“To have these airports upgraded will mean we can cater to bigger planes and the Royal Flying Doctor Service will be able to continue providing its essential health service to our community.
“I’d like to thank the Newman Government and Jeff as our local member for their continued support of our community through this great program.”
Today’s announcement for the Callide electorate follows a major announcement from the Newman LNP government this week that a further $500 million over 4 years would be invested in the Royalties to the Regions program from the Strong Choices plan.