Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said on Friday she believes the Works for Queensland program is a cruel hoax on Queenslanders.
“Under Labor’s policies, the youth unemployment rate in Outback Queensland is 57 per cent, 26 per cent in Wide Bay and 22.4 per cent in Townsville,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“Labor has run out of ideas to create jobs and build infrastructure and are simply extending flawed programs.
“Bizarrely, Labor claims Works for Queensland projects include three rubbish bins at a cost of $5,000 to support two jobs, $20,000 of signage at a dog park to support three jobs and top-dressing a sporting oval.”
Mrs Frecklington said the LNP plan to deliver real infrastructure to support regional jobs.
“The LNP will invest $500 million to reinstate the Royalties for Regions program to deliver real infrastructure for our regions,” she said.
“Under the former LNP Government, Royalties for Regions delivered many important local infrastructure projects including the $19.4 million floodway at Blakey’s Crossing in Townsville, a $26 million upgrade of the Scrub Hill Road, the Wide Bay Drive and Burrum Heads Road intersection on the Fraser Coast, a $15.7 million levee embankment to better protect Roma from floods.
“Royalties for Regions also delivered $13.5 million to the South Burnett to help build the new Kingaroy Waste Water Treatment Plant, the South Burnett Rail Trail and the new intersection on Kingaroy/Barkers Creek Road, plus a further $10 million for new overtaking lanes on the D’Aguilar Highway and Brisbane Valley Highway.
“Only the LNP has a plan to deliver the roads, bridges and dams Queensland needs.”