Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg has spoken out about the need to govern for all Queenslanders and expressed his disappointment at Labor’s failure to adequately deliver for the Sunshine Coast – one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions.
“The Sunshine Coast is a great place to live, but governments at all levels need to do more to support the massive population growth, which we are experiencing. It’s time for the State Government to put aside political point scoring and invest the money to solve problems that effect locals every day. Issues like traffic congestion, community safety, providing better health services and ensuring kids get the best education we can provide”.
“The Sunshine Coast population is expected to grow by almost 200,000 new residents over the next two decades. Traffic congestion on the Sunshine Coast is getting worse and we need to plan much better for the future. This budget was an opportunity to solve some of those challenges, but yet again the Government have dropped the ball”.
“This is a budget that goes part of the way to addressing some of these issues, but what we have seen announced today simply isn’t enough. Many of the funding commitments contained in today’s budget are recycled old announcements, with no new money. Projects like 6 laning of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra and Caboolture and duplication of the Sunshine Coast Rail Line need to be a priority for Labor, not just the Sunshine Coast community. It’s time for the State Government to stop playing politics and commit to fully fund these critical projects, just as a future Deb Frecklington LNP Government has”.
“The budget acknowledges the need for more schools here on the Sunshine Coast and I am pleased that the Government has listened to the communities voice in that respect. I, along with my community, have been calling out for new schools in Palmview and the commitment to building a new primary and special school is an important step to support the explosion in student numbers we have seen. The commitment of $34,334,000 for these two projects is a good start”.
“But the job is only half done and we need a new secondary school sooner rather than later, so that existing schools like Chancellor State College are not placed under even more pressure than they currently are. The allocation of funding for “early stage works” is not enough. It’s time to stop talking about a new secondary school in Palmview and it’s time to start building it.”
“Traffic congestion and road safety is a massive issue here on the Sunshine Coast. Locals tell me they are sick of sitting in the parking lot that is the Bruce Highway. They tell me that they are sick of seeing accidents on the dangerous Mooloolah River Interchange at Mountain Creek. They also tell me that they worry about the safety of their children on local roads at school pick-up time”.
“At Chancellor State College Primary Campus in Sippy Downs, we have Scholars Drive, which is a grid-locked and a dangerous mess. Parents, teachers and students have to deal with Scholars Drive every single day, but despite countless calls for the State Government to work with Sunshine Coast Council to solve this issue, Annastacia Palasczuzk and her Ministers continue to ignore the problem”.
“The safety of our kids is paramount and this is sadly being compromised by the current government’s lack of funding to address this critical issue”.
“Perhaps the most concerning aspect of this budget is the Government’s addiction to more debt and more taxes. This is a budget of waste and mismanagement. It is a budget that shifts the responsibility for paying down Queensland massive state debt to the next generation, or the one after that”.
“The biggest concern of residents within my electorate is the crippling cost of living. Families and retirees are breaking under the weight of escalating electricity, water, food, fuel and housing costs. Despite this, Sunshine Coast residents have been slugged with even more new taxes under this Labor State Government. It is clear when Labor run out of money, they come after yours. This budget continues that trend and it has to stop.”
“Residents on the Sunshine Coast tell me that they are losing sleep over the increase in youth crime in our suburbs. This State Government’s first obligation is to ensure the safety of Queenslander’s everywhere. Our local Police do an amazing job with the resources they have, but more needs to be done. I was hoping to see an increase in funding for local police in this budget, but it’s clear we have been let down on this front again”.
“I will continue to fight for the Buderim Electorate. I am pleased that my communities voice has been heard on some issues and that we have seen some of the much-needed investment that we so desperately need, but more needs to be done.”
“I am committed to working to deliver the investment that is required to support the growing needs of my community and the Sunshine Coast as a whole”, Mr Mickelberg said.
“Queenslander’s deserve nothing less.”