Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has called on the Premier to keep her election promise to be a Premier for all Queensland by giving the Sunshine Coast its fair share of funding for infrastructure.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Simpson asked the Premier to work with the LNP MPs who are the elected representatives of this community and deliver the infrastructure the Sunshine Coast needs.
Ms Simpson said the Government was boasting about Queensland’s population growth and promoting growth targets, but the Sunshine Coast needed the infrastructure to match this growth. She called on the Premier to provide funding for key infrastructure projects in the upcoming State Government budget.
“Thanks to my Federal Government LNP colleagues Ted O’Brien, Lew O’Brien and Andrew Wallace, we’ve just seen $2 billion in Federal Government funding provided in the Budget for the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Simpson said.
“I am calling on the Premier to match the Federal Government’s commitment of $390 million to duplicate the railway line from Beerburrum to Nambour and to provide the state government’s share of funding to fix the Bruce Highway bottleneck between Caloundra and Pine Rivers.
“The Sunshine Coast also needs the dangerous and congested section of the Sunshine Motorway fixed at the Mooloolah River Interchange with a new road link to the new hospital in Kawana”.
Ms Simpson also asked the Premier to provide funding the Sunshine Coast’s Entertainment, Convention and Exhibition facility in Maroochydore.
Ms Simpson said she supported Sunshine Coast Council’s application under the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline program for the development of a business case for the new Convention Centre in Maroochydore’s Sun Central development.
“The Sunshine Coast is the only major centre in Queensland that does not have a facility of this kind and because of this we are missing out on a valuable sector of the tourism market for business events and conventions.
“Rockhampton Council received a $2 million state government grant to develop a business case for their proposed $30 million new gallery and I am asking the Premier to provide funding for the business case.
“I ask the Premier to provide the funding to our council and work with our community and the state members to see this convention centre delivered, as we are the only region of this size that does not have such a facility.
“The convention centre is an important piece of infrastructure which is essential to diversify the region’s economic base, help us grow the events tourism market and provide more local jobs.
“Local people tell me they don’t want a casino to fund this long over-due facility, they want the State Government to help fund it, and I agree.
“I'm passionate about the Sunshine Coast having a place we can all be proud of to enjoy music and entertainment as well as welcoming the world to a top-notch convention centre which creates more local jobs.”
SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT
FILE: 16052018_000449_LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY_GREEN CHAMBER.DOCX
SUBJECT: Palaszczuk Labor Government, Infrastructure
MEMBER: Ms SIMPSON
Palaszczuk Labor Government, Infrastructure
Ms SIMPSON (Maroochydore—LNP) (7.07 pm): I am calling on the Premier to keep her election promise to be a Premier for all of Queensland by giving the Sunshine Coast its fair share of infrastructure funding. I ask the Premier to work with the LNP state MPs who are the elected representatives of this community and deliver the infrastructure the Sunshine Coast needs. Our rapidly growing Sunshine Coast region needs transport infrastructure. This morning we saw the state government boasting about population growth. Under the population targets that it has set for planning on the Sunshine Coast there is a deficit in infrastructure, particularly transport. That is why I want to hold the Premier to her promise and to give her the opportunity to work with us. She is a Premier who has said she would deliver for all of Queensland. This is her opportunity.
I thank my federal colleagues, Ted O'Brien, Llew O'Brien and Andrew Wallace, who have, with their federal colleagues, delivered $2 billion in funding in the budget going forward for the Sunshine Coast. They have delivered $390 million for the upgrade and duplication of the rail line from Beerburrum to Nambour. That is the best news that I have heard in a long time. This is state infrastructure with a commitment of federal funding. It will unlock the transport network of the Sunshine Coast. We need an integrated transport network. This rail upgrade is a vital part of that. The business case shows that it is needed now, ahead of any upgrades further down the line in Brisbane.
The Sunshine Coast also needs fixed the dangerous and congested section of the Sunshine Motorway at the Mooloolah River interchange, with a new road linked to the hospital at Kawana and Sunshine Motorway upgrades, as well. I would like to ask the Premier to provide funding for a Sunshine Coast entertainment, convention and exhibition facility in Maroochydore. I fully support the Sunshine Coast Council's application under the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program for the development of a business case for that facility. A business case is vitally important and needs to be funded. I note that just this morning the Premier talked about giving $2 million in state government grants to Rockhampton to develop a business case for what I believe is a new $30 million gallery. Therefore, I ask the Premier to provide the funding to our council and work with our community and the state members to see that infrastructure brought online, as we are the only region of such a size that does not have such a facility.
An opposition member: Mackay has one.
Ms SIMPSON: Yes, that is right. Mackay has one and the Sunshine Coast, with 340,000 people, needs assistance from the state government.