- Monday 13 July 2015
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has welcomed the State Government’s Advance Queensland announcements made ahead of tomorrow’s State budget.
Mayor Jamieson said the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s budget commitment towards a new initiative called “Start-up Queensland” would be a means to build our knowledge economy and the jobs in the industries of the future.
“This is one of the major priorities for the Sunshine Coast in its Regional Economic Development Strategy, and Sunshine Coast Council is keen to work with the Premier in this regard,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council would also like to see a more proactive commitment from the Palaszczuk Government in facilitating a major communication infrastructure initiative which will significantly underpin the Premier’s desire to reinvigorate the Smart State.
“It is hoped the first Palaszczuk Government’s budget will send some very clear signals about moving the Queensland economy forward, encouraging critical infrastructure delivery and – importantly – supporting regions like the Sunshine Coast shape a fair and prosperous future for their residents.
“A budget which provides a very clear strategy and timelines to drive investment in infrastructure – particularly in high growth regions like the Sunshine Coast – is needed to encourage broader investment in new businesses and drive new employment opportunities for our community.
“A believable plan to reduce State debt so the Queensland Government can fulfill its expected and traditional role in providing major road, rail and transport infrastructure is also considered high priority.
“Council also seeks to see enhanced support and longer term funding commitments to major community organisations which provide valuable services to our community.
“These commitments enable organisations to plan for the longer term, their service levels and support arrangements. This is important in communities with aging populations and for people experiencing significant disadvantage.”
Mayor Jamieson also wants to see confirmation that the recurrent operational funding needed to open and operate the new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital factored into the State budget and over the forward estimates period.
“Overall – I would like to see a fairer deal for the Sunshine Coast so we can start to see government investment in this region and address the legacy of under commitment from previous governments.
“As the second fastest growing region in Queensland, we deserve nothing less.”