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    Labor Neglects Broadwater in State Budget

    Broadwater is facing funding uncertainty as the Palaszczuk Labor Government tries to plug its budget black hole.

    Broadwater MP Miss Verity Barton said that today’s budget failed to confirm whether the government will be funding important projects endorsed by the Gold Coast and Broadwater communities at the January State Election, such as the second stage of the light rail and important safety infrastructure at local schools.

    “It concerns me that Labor may not go ahead with these projects, even though the LNP had fully costed and funded the projects ahead of the election,” Miss Barton said.

    “It is clear that Treasurer Curtis Pitt is making it up as he goes along.”

    The LNP committed to installing flashing lights at Labrador State School on Government Road to warn drivers they are entering a school zone.

    These flashing school zone lights would remind drivers to slow down in the school zone and greatly improve safety at the school, which is often frequented by random police speed checks during school zone hours.

    The LNP had also committed funding to the extension of the light rail from Griffith University to the heavy rail in the north, a project which would reduce congestion across the Gold Coast and provide a link from Brisbane to tourist destinations across the Gold Coast.

    “It’s unfair that families across Broadwater could miss out on this important safety infrastructure for local schools and vital new public transport infrastructure because Labor has no plan to manage the Queensland economy. The Labor Government needs to honour the LNP’s commitment and confirm this funding immediately.”

    Miss Barton said the budget was disappointing and while Labor does not have a plan, the LNP understands what the Queensland economy needs.

    “An LNP Government would continue the work we started in restoring business confidence by reducing red tape for small businesses and further increase the payroll tax threshold to help keep costs lower.”

    “We want to see the small business sector, which represents more than 95 per cent of all Queensland businesses, able to grow and create jobs.”

    Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said families throughout Broadwater, the Gold Coast and across Queensland constantly raised the cost of living as one of their major concerns and, unlike Labor, the LNP was listening.

    “One of Labor’s first acts in government was to hike up registration on the family car by 3.5 per cent, compared to the LNP’s record of freezing registration costs for three years,” he said.

    “Under our plan, all Cabinet decisions would include a Cost of Living impact statement to ensure the impacts of these decisions on Queensland families is fully understood.”

    “This budget proves that Labor has no plan for jobs, no plan for growth, no plan to improve business confidence and no plan to avoid the debt and deficits disaster they left Queensland last time,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “Only the LNP has an experienced team and a real plan to grow jobs in Broadwater.”

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