Budget Delivers on Election Commitments
Joe Kelly, Member for Greenslopes, is pleased to deliver the Palaszczuk Government’s 2018 Budget to the people of Greenslopes. “This is a budget that is delivering infrastructure, skills and service that the people of Greenslopes need.
“During the election campaign, I committed to backing local schools, more local jobs and improved public transport. This budget is delivering on these commitments”, Mr Kelly said.
The 2018 Budget will see an overall upgrade at Coorparoo Secondary College, commencement of stage 1 of the STEM classrooms at Whites Hill State College and new classroom and learning facilities at Marshall Road State School, Coorparoo State School, Mt Gravatt State High School and Cavendish Road High School.
“We know that quality learning environments support better teaching and learning, that is why we are committed to looking after state schools for our students and teachers,” Mr Kelly said.
Public Transport was a key feature of the Budget, with the commencement of the design of the Eastern Busway and Stage E of the Veloway being committed to.
“This is great for my constituents, ensuring their commute to work is faster, and safer,” Said Mr Kelly, “These initiatives tie in well with the Palaszczuk Government’s Cross River Rail project, we are serious about building a world class public transport system”.
Mr Kelly said the work for both schools and public transport would also support jobs and training opportunities for apprentices.
Creating more local jobs was a key commitment at the last election.
The budget commits an increase in funding for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work and Back to Work Program in South East Queensland initiatives of the Palaszczuk Government.
“Back to Work has helped 6,000 businesses employ 30,000 Queenslanders and 3,000 trainees. It’s fantastic to see that the Palaszczuk Government and Treasurer recognise the impact these programs have had in our community,” said Mr Kelly.
“These programs have assisted organisations like Vision Australia in Coorparoo to deliver job programs to people with low or no vision, who have an overall unemployment rate of 60% for adults of working age,” said Mr Kelly.
The budget will further extend the Payroll Tax Rebate for business who employ an apprentice or trainee by $26 million.
Re-instating TAFE as the premier public provider of VET in Queensland is crucial to creating jobs. Over the next three years there will be an upgrade to facilities at the Mt Gravatt TAFE Campus as part of the $85 million commitment to Advancing Training Infrastructure.
“Mount Gravatt TAFE will also receive $1.5 million to expand and redevelop the Fashion Studies Hub,” said Mr Kelly.
“This is a budget that focuses on restoring frontline services, with 3,700 teachers, 3,500 nurses, midwives and nurse navigators, 400 police and 100 fire fighters to be employed over the next 4 years,” said Mr Kelly.
“I know the community will be really pleased with this budget because they backed my commitments at the last election. This is a budget that backs local schools, improves public transport and creates more local jobs. This is a budget that builds community.” Said Mr Kelly.