DRIVERS were the big winners across the Fraser Coast, with new traffic lights set for St Helen’s School and upgrades to Bruce Hwy.
The Torbanlea causeway will also become a reality, with funding of $1.8 million. The project was announced but not funded by the former LNP government.
However, hopes of bringing back pathology to the Maryborough Hospital will not be realised just yet, with no funding announced to revive the service.
Instead the Bruce Highway, the environment and people with complex health needs were among the areas funded in the Wide Bay’s $668 million 2015-16 spend.
The multi-million dollar boost includes $572.5 million for health, utility, education and transport infrastructure; $37.7 million in disaster relief funding; and $14.5 million – or $58m over four years – to pay for school improvements.
About $19 million will go towards improving and maintaining sections of the Bruce Highway between Maryborough and Gympie.
Access to Maryborough’s St Helen’s School will be improved with a $2.1 million set of traffic lights at a nearby intersection.
Environmental commitments included $630,000 for a new wastewater treatment system at Dundabara in the Great Sandy National Park on Fraser Island.
Both Fraser Coast and Bundaberg councils will share $43,000 to tackle littering and illegal dumping.
About $500,000 will be spent repairing the Mary River levees.
A total of $1.3 million will fund the replacement of CT scanners at Hervey Bay and Bundaberg hospitals.
The Fraser Coast will also benefit from a region-wide commitment of $2.2 million for cardiology services, $4.9 million for ophthalmology services and $2.7 million for other health care services.
Hervey Bay’s hospital emergency department will get a share of $20 million set aside to improve ERs across the state.
Other Wide Bay region pledges included $24.8 million for public housing, $6.8 million for homeless support and $25,000 to help indigenous communities with cultural and conservation projects.
The Wide Bay covers Fraser Coast, Kingaroy, Nanango, Bundaberg and Gympie.