Local State Budget Prioritises Building Community
Updated: Nov 27, 2019
The 2020 State Budget has been brought forward to April providing greater stability to Queenslanders ahead of a crowded election year.
Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly says an earlier budget will provide certainty for business and community groups.
“Certainty for our community is so important. Bringing forward our Budget allows us to continue investing in the improvements we know will make the lives of people in our community better”.
“With this change in timing, I will now start the process of finalising a budget submission that reflects our local needs and priorities.”
“Key to this will be our continued focus on delivering outcomes in school infrastructure, improving public transport and supporting local jobs.”
Mr. Kelly said by actively engaging with the community he has already been able to deliver outcomes across these important areas.
“Over the past 5 years I’ve worked hard to ensure nearly every local state school has had infrastructure investment and I’ll be working with local Principals to identify and support priority projects into the future.”
Mr. Kelly advocated strongly for Cross River Rail, Fairer Fares, the Veloway and the Eastern Transitway.
“Good public transport means a better community and better life. I am pleased to see the Cross River Rail, Veloway and Eastern Transit Way under construction.”
“These are all happening because the Palaszczuk Government invests in public transport.”
With these projects now underway, Mr Kelly said his focus will shift to addressing residents’ concerns regarding the Coorparoo Rail Crossing.
“Tackling the congestion caused by the Coorparoo Rail Crossing is critical, it impacts daily on the quality of life of people across the electorate.”
“Fixing this is a priority for me and this community, and it will take a coordinated effort from all levels of Government to respond.
“I was pleased to see that Terri Butler and Federal Labor committed to fixing this problem during this year’s election.”
“It is also pleasing to see the Labor Candidate for the Brisbane City Council Ward, Matt Campbell supporting this project.”
“With this level of support, it is frustrating that the Federal LNP Morrison Government doesn’t value the time of the people of our area, and don’t seem interested in this issue.”
“I will be looking at how, through the next Budget we take this project forward.”
Mr. Kelly said ensuring we have the right mix of employment and training investments continue as part of next year’s Budget is also critical.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is already investing in skills and jobs in our community.”
“Programs such as Skilling Queenslanders for Work are supporting local organisations like Vision Australia supporting people with low and no vision, and transforming the Coorparoo School of Arts, all while providing employment for people who have been long term unemployed in our area”.
“Going forward, I’ll be advocating for more funding for job creation programs like Skilling Queenslanders for Work and ensuring that we continue our investment in the Mt Gravatt TAFE and other initiatives like Free TAFE courses for school leavers.”
“I’m committed to building our community to make life better for local residents and I will continue to make sure that we back our local schools, improve public transport and continue to grow local jobs here in my electorate.”
“Over the coming weeks I’ll be talking to people in this community more about these issues, and other priorities for next year’s budget.”
“I’ll be asking people what we need to focus on to build community and make our lives better” said Mr. Kelly.
Residents interested in providing feedback as part of this process are encouraged to complete this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuS6U1Yvw4BbAdLfy28PAi9Rc2fxwtmFSlDjAOiY3cP0iLcw/viewform?usp=sf_link