Queensland Budget 2017-18

Budget 2017-18

What’s in it for Central Queensland?

This year’s STATE BUDGET 2017 includes $788.1m infrastructure investment and reportedly 3200 new jobs in Central Queensland.

Job-creating projects include –

First Home Owners’ Grant to be extended by six months to 31 December 2017 to drive further construction and economic activity.

Livingstone Shire 

  • $1.3m of a $3.4m local disaster co-ordination Centre Yeppoon
  • $9.4m out of $25m project for Yeppoon foreshore revitalisation
  • $1.2m Yeppoon State High School upgrade
  • $5m Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade
  • $7.9m of the $200m for the expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre which will ease overcrowding and support 100 construction and 70 ongoing jobs
  • $825,000 of a $1.15m Hartley Street, Emu Park, recreation reserve funding

Rockhampton Region

  • $25m for the South Rockhampton Flood Levy
  • $4.98m of the $15m over three years to redevelop the Rockhampton Riverbank
  • Approximately $5m for the CBD redevelopment
  • $8.9m for recovery and reconstruction projects
  • $2.27m to leverage roll out of the NBN and provide a smart working hub to grow the digital economy
  • $2.47m to develop an artificial hockey surface and associated infrastructure
  • $0.6m to build new water play features at Cedric Archer Park
  • $5.8m for the Rockhampton courthouse expansion project
  • $2.5m Rockhampton Special School for new classrooms
  • $2m to support relocation of Rockhampton Regional Council’s city art gallery
  • $1.1m to refurbish the Indigenous Centre at Rockhampton State High School
  • $1.0m for works at North Rockhampton State High School
  • $1.0m to refurbish classrooms and amenities at Allenstown State School
  • $7.5m on new accommodation, specialist homeless services and transitional housing
  • $0.368m for the Rockhampton Jockey Club for club amenities

Central Queensland

  • $9.974m out of $30m for fisheries reform, improve sustainability of fisheries and maintain top-level fisheries management
  • $5.7m to deliver specialist homelessness services CQ
  • $57.5m natural disaster relief recovery arrangements CQ
  • $9.8m Works for Queensland CQ
  • $35m over five years to boost trade and investment across Queensland, including specific initiatives targeting CQ
  • $25m to grow international education and training (IET)
  • $1.1 billion on rebuilding critical infrastructure post-Cyclone Debbie
  • $24.4m to regional councils for maintenance and minor infrastructure projects in CQ
  • $2.8m apprentice and trainee payroll tax rebate
  • $10.6m for Skilling Queenslanders for Work training to 1071 people, including 738 of who gained employment or further training
  • $310,000 mental health programme


  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council – Tourism highlights from State Budget 2017-18
  • $12.3m for grants and a recovery fund targeted at rebuilding tourism infrastructure and the Go Local – Keep Queensland Going Strong campaign


  • $8.1m over two years on the hospital’s new high voltage energy generator
  • $6.6m on the hospital’s new multi-story car park
  • $3.0m to upgrade and refurbish the Centralised Sterilising Department
  • $1.7m investment in mental health and drug and alcohol abuse programs

Communities, Child Safety and Disability

  • $14.3m to assist persons with a disability and their families to access support and services

Emergency Services

  • $0.5m to commence a $5m redevelopment of the Rockhampton Ambulance Station
  • $2.9m  for the permanent fire and rescue station and co-located Regional Firecom upgrade
  • $1m for the North Rockhampton Specialised Operations training facility


  • $21m out of $75m for the ongoing Capricorn Highway duplication project between Rockhampton and Gracemere
  • $9m out of $30m for improvements to intersections and road train access
  • $10.9m to start duplication of the Bruce Highway at the Yeppoon Road to Parkhurst section.
  • $7.6m to complete widening of the Bruce Highway north of Bajool
  • $0.735m out of $2.2mfor new bike lanes on the Bruce Highway (Rockhampton to St Lawrence)


  • $53.8m on upgrades to Stanwell Power Station
  • $3.61m on the Gracemere Zone Substation
  • $7.2m on other Department of Energy and Water Supply facilities

Additional frontline services in CQ:

67 extra nurses (up 5.6%)
47 extra doctors (up 19.9%)
132 extra teachers (up 4.7%)

CCIQ State Budget Update and infographic

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