A artist impression of Gympie’s proposed Aquatic Centre
A artist impression of Gympie’s proposed Aquatic Centre

Truss: Aquatic Centre and Pavilion upgrade make Budget

THE Gympie Aquatic Centre project and the Pavilion upgrade are among social and economic funding benefits from the Federal Budget, according to Wide Bay MP Warren Truss.

He says the Federal Budget aims to spend on infrastructure, programs and services to build Australia’s economy, as well as improving safety through work on the Bruce Hwy and local roads and bridges.

“The Budget delivers the next instalment on the Coalition’s commitment to our $50 billion infrastructure investment program and includes a $400 million extension to the popular Roads to Recovery program to improve local roads and streets. There is also an extension of the Bridges Renewal Program to upgrade dilapidated bridges.

“A new youth unemployment initiative, Youth Jobs PaTH – Prepare, Trial, Hire will provide subsidies to help vulnerable young people to gain the confidence, skills, attitudes and behaviours to transition to work.

“Tax cuts for businesses will provide a boost to the local economy, encouraging them to invest, grow, innovate and create jobs. The company tax rate will decrease to 25 percent over the next 10 years.

“Significant funding will be allocated to Section C of the Cooroy to Curra Bruce Hwy upgrade which will extend the four-lane highway to Gympie. Funding is also available for the detailed design work of Section D, which includes the Gympie bypass.”

There is also funding allocated to previously announced upgrade to roads and bridges including:

  • the reconstruction of the Tinana interchange on the Bruce Hwy
  • the replacement of the Gutchy Creek bridge at Gundiah
  • the replacement of the Goomong Rd Bridge
  • the replacement of the Kandanga Creek Rd Bridge

Local councils and community service organisations will also receive funding under the Stronger Communities Program and National Stronger Regions Fund for projects including:

  • The Gympie Regional Council’s Pavilion upgrade and the construction of the Gympie Aquatic Centre.

“These are projects and initiatives that will provide a real boost to our region, supporting local business and helping them to create jobs.”