Sunshine Coast Daily Article 11 June 2019 by Sherelee Moody

EDUCATION, health and road upgrades are the key priorities in the Queensland Government’s state budget for the Sunshine Coast.

Treasurer Jackie Trad allocated around $6.6 billion  to the Sunshine Coast-Moreton Bay region on Tuesday, with most of the cash – $4.9b – heading towards health services.

The government has also set aside $1.5b for infrastructure and $218.3m for education.

By far the biggest commitment for the Sunshine Coast was the $186m promised for the Bruce Highway Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade.

A further $50m will be spent on the Beerburrum to Nambour railway line project.

The Suncoast power project received $47.4m for its multi-stage sub-transmission powerline.

Funding was also allocated to new schools and school improvements. Caloundra South’s secondary school has $24m listed in the budget while schools proposed for the Palmview area scored $38.5m.

The Sunshine Beach State High School has $5.2m and a further $1.5m is earmarked for Eumundi State High.

The Nambour General Hospital received $10.2m to make it fit for purpose in its new role as a sub-acute facility.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s information and communication technology project received $4.8m.

Other Sunshine Coast funding commitments include:

• Lake Macdonald Dam safety upgrade: $8.4 million;
• Ewen Maddock Dam: safety upgrade: $8.2 million;
• Glasshouse National Park – infrastructure revitalisation: $1.2 million; 
• Kilcoy substation upgrade: $8 million; 
• University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium: $2 million; 
• Coolum replacement police facility: $1.6 million;
• Conondale National Park – Kenilworth Base upgrade: $276,891;
• Sunshine Coast aquatic exercise facility: $574,356; and
• Maleny replacement Queensland Fire and Emergency Services complex: $500,000.