19/05/2017

Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity in Wide Bay 

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said the Coalition Government’s commitment to people living in regional communities is outlined in a new policy document, Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity.

“Regions 2030 outlines the Coalition’s plan to create jobs, innovation and economic growth in regional and remote communities, as projects announced in the Budget are delivered,” Mr O’Brien sad.

“The Coalition Government has a long term vision for the growth development and prosperity of regional communities.  We need to ensure that we have the right policy settings to support both careers and jobs in our communities so everyone can contribute and lead fulfilling lives.

“We also need to support the investment, infrastructure and services that create and build attractive communities that people want to live in.

“The Coalition is working to lift the profile of regional Australia to create a greater awareness across the nation that every Australian owes their lifestyle to regional Australia.

“Regional Australia provides energy, agriculture, water, and resources that sustain cities, so investing in regional Australia is essential for the success of our nation.  When the regions do well, so does our country.

“Regions 2030 outlines the initiatives, policies and programs the Coalition Government is delivering in regional communities to improve their economic, education, and social conditions, to make regional Australia an even better place to live, work and invest.

“We want to drive investment to support the opportunities that we know will make a significant difference here in our region.

“Health, education, jobs and economic development, infrastructure and communications are the five key areas of focus for Regions 2030.

“These are amongst the biggest drivers of a community’s success, and it’s great to be part of a Coalition Government team that is focussed on investing in these areas.

“Regions 2030 follows the release of the 2017-18 Federal Budget, reinforcing our commitment to unlock Wide Bay’s potential.  This includes funding for:

  • Section C of the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra four lane upgrade, due to open next year;
  • The new Tinana interchange, which will open to traffic in August this year;
  • The detailed design and planning study for Cooroy to Curra Section D, due early next year;
  • $530 million to six lane the Sunshine Coast section of the Bruce Highway, benefitting motorists travelling between Wide Bay and Brisbane;
  • $11.2 million to upgrade the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Wide Bay Highway;
  • An extra $22 million for Wide Bay schools;
  • $20 million Wide Bay Burnett Jobs Package to support local businesses to create jobs”

To view a copy of Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity, visit www.regional.gov.au/regions2030