Gold Coast LNP leaders have reacted to the 2021 State Budget, with at least one fired-up member labelling it as one of the worst budgets ever seen.
Currumbin MP Laura Gerber took to social media overnight, accusing the State Government of failing to deliver for her electorate.
“This budget is probably one of the worst budgets for the Currumbin electorate I have ever seen” Ms Gerber said.
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“YOUR hard-earned money is not being spent on infrastructure, it’s once again being spent to keep the lights on, mortgaging our kids future with nothing to show for it.
“This Government has had the last 6 years to create an infrastructure program to cater for Queensland’s growing population and they’ve failed to deliver.”
The State Government confirmed they will be injecting $100 million to build seven new satellite hospitals across the state, including one on the Southern Gold Coast, but mystery still surrounds exactly where it will be built.
“NO confirmation and clarity regarding the location of the Tugun Satellite Hospital,” Ms Gerber wrote.
“They’re very tight-lipped on that, so either they’re hiding something or they don’t know themselves”.
Further north, and Bonney MP Sam O’Connor labelled the budget as “underwhelming”.
He admitted the budget is good news for a number of local schools in his electorate and roads, but said the funding is “taking far longer than it should to be delivered”.
“Our biggest project is the Second M1/Coomera Connector and after over 6 years of planning it’s still another few years away,” he said.
Construction of the Coomera Connector will finally get underway this year, with the State Government committing $155 million to the project.
But Mr O’Connor say that’s nowhere near the total cost needed to get it up and running quickly.
“Basically 40 per cent of the money for that is out beyond 2024-25, so still no certainty of when we will be driving on that road, which is the biggest infrastructure project for our city,” he said.
Coomera MP Micahel Crandon echoed similar sentiments about the funding for the second M1.
“Based on Transport and Main Roads QTRIP, the construction timelines of the Coomera to Nerang stretch is about 8 years,” Mr Crandon wrote.
“In 2021/22 only $115m, 2022/23 only $250m, then in the next TWO years 2023 to 2025 $507m, then we have the balance of $628m from 2026 onwards.
“It gets worse, for the stretch from Coomera north to Loganholme, only $11m between now and 2025 and nothing beyond that! Talk about stuck in the slow lane,” he said.
Meantime, Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates described the budget as “disappointing”, claiming it provided little for residents in her area.
“There are a lot of worthwhile upgrades for our community here that really need to be done,” she wrote.
“Locals deserve better roads, improved school safety, more resources for local police and increased environmental protection.
“We also need a new State High School West of the M1. Unfortunately, that still appears to be a distant priority for the Government.”
Despite this, Ms Bates confirmed her area will benefit from a number of upgrades including new classrooms at Numinbah Valley State School, a second CT scanner at Robina Hospital, funding for Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, and a new train station in Merrimac.