Qld Budget 2016: What did Toowoomba score?

THERE'S a healthy boost for Toowoomba region infrastructure, hospital services and schools in this year's State Budget.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Tuesday set aside a whopping $1.2b for infrastructure programs across the Darling Down and promised the region's hospital and health services would get $810 million in the 2016-17 financial year.

Key infrastructure funding includes $399.9 million for the Toowoomba Second Range  Crossing.

The money is part of a $1.6b total spend on constructing a bypass from the Warrego Highway at Helidon to the Gore Highway at Athol. It is due to be completed by the end of 2018. 

The New England Highway Yarraman to Toowoomba overtaking lanes will get $6.9m; the Gatton-Esk Road intersection improvements will be helped along with $5m; and the Cecil Plains Road widening project has $3.9m.

Key health commitments include $8.1m to expand the operating theatre at Toowoomba and $8.6m for a new MRI at the hospital.

The State Government has set aside $2m to upgrade patient accommodation at Baillie Henderson Hospital.

The Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Initiative received $438,000 to help it move forward with a project at Crows Nest that offers greater security for older parent carers who can no longer look after their adult children with disabilities.

About  $19.8 million will go towards improving social housing in the region.

Curtis Pitt's budget speech in full

More on the Queensland Budget here

Highfields State Secondary College was one of the big education winners, scoring $8.1m for its stage two construction of additional classrooms and specialist educational facilities.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Oakey replacement  Auxiliary Fire and Rescue Station replacement - $1.5m.
• Toowoomba Sports Ground upgrades -  $1.1 million.
• Rural Water Use Efficiency  Irrigation Futures Program - $70,000.


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