Queensland Budget 2019: What's in it for Ipswich?
HEALTH, infrastructure and education are the key priorities in the Queensland Government's state budget for our region.
Treasurer Jackie Trad allocated around $1.6 billion to the Ipswich area on Tuesday, with most of the cash - $895.9m - heading towards infrastructure programs.
The government has also set aside $642.8m for health and $107.3m for education across Ipswich and surrounding areas.
The biggest funding commitment is for the Ipswich Motorway Rocklea to Darra additional lanes projects, with $70m allocated to this.
The Warrego Highway M1 Crosby Road intersection works received $22m and $6.5m was allocated to the East Ipswich railway station upgrade.
Law and order loomed large for Ipswich in the budget with the new 32-bed youth detention centre for Wacol receiving $42m and Wacol's new QPS Counter-Terrorism and Community Training Centre receiving $28m.
The Swanbank E Power Station has $52.3m.
Education providers scored well, with $60.6m allocated for the new secondary and primary schools at Ripley, $2.6m going to the Goodna Special School, $2m bound for Ipswich State High; $1.9m earmarked for Forest Lake State School, Fernbrook State High scoring $7m, Springfield Central State High receiving $5.2m and Laidley State High gaining $3.6m.
The Ipswich Hospital expansion received $10m and $2.8 will be made available for the Inala Community Health Centre.
Around $54 million will be spent on improving social housing options across the region.
Other Ipswich funding commitments include:
• Somerset Dam safety upgrade planning works: $6.2 million;
• Esk replacement auxiliary fire and rescue station: $1.7 million;
• Wivenhoe power station: $3.6 million;
• Ripley Valley Priority Development Area Infrastructure: $7.7 million;
• Springfield Central train station park 'n' ride: $2.4 million;
• Glenore Grove substation upgrade: $3.6 million;
• Mount Crosby East Bank Water Treatment Plant filtration upgrade: $5.1 million;
• Darra train station park 'n' ride: $273,000;
• Oxley Priority Development Area: $16.3 million;
• Murri Court expansion: $899,000;
• Lowood State High School: $550,000;
• Inala Wangarra Inc: $266,000;
• The Workshops Rail Museum: $250,000;
• Ipswich Netball: $232,254;
• Rosewood replacement auxiliary fire and rescue station: $50,000;
• District domestic and family violence coordinators $232,000; and
• Boonah Town Centre revitalisation: $293,920.