Work

Building Our Regions

$175M

 

Increased funding over four years to boost the Building our Regions program, in addition to the $200 million new funding allocated in the 2015-16 Budget. This increased allocation includes $90 million over three years for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.

Building our Regions provides funding to local government projects for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the State.

It supports jobs, economic development and improves the liveability of regional communities.

Target

Mobile Phone Coverage

$15M

 

over two years to improve mobile coverage in Queensland and leverage the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program.

This will build new or upgraded mobile towers along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to natural disaster.

Regional and remote Queenslanders will receive better mobile coverage and competition.

Science

Technology Commercialisation Fund

$3.9M

in additional funding over three years to commercialise the intellectual property of Queensland’s pipeline of agriculture and food technology.

Biohazard

Biosecurity Capability Review

$10.8M

 

in additional funding over four years to implement recommendations of the independent biosecurity review.

This funding will help restore Queensland’s biosecurity capability to world’s best practice.

Combatting Panama Disease

$5.2M

 

in additional funding in 2016-17 to continue the fight against the Panama disease outbreak.

Yellow Crazy Ants

$3M

over three years as part of the $11.1 million over four years for pest and weed management as a part of the Rural Assistance and Drought Package.

Road

Northern Queensland Road Funding

$96.5M

 

over five years to improve the transportation of livestock, mining equipment and general freight. This will help unlock future economic development in the north.

This will enable matching funding with the Australian Government to continue development of the Hann Highway, between Hughenden and The Lynd, in north west Queensland.

The State will also build a new high-level Cape River Bridge and other upgrades of the Gregory Developmental Road near Charters Towers.

$77.9 Million Rural Assistance and Drought Package

Helping rural producers and communities across the State affected by debt and drought.

Extending Existing Drought Relief Arrangements

$41.9M

in 2016-17 to continue the Government’s support to drought affected communities across the State.

This includes freight subsidies and emergency water infrastructure rebates, relief from fixed electricity charges for water infrastructure, fee and rental relief and mental health support through continuing the Drought Wellbeing Service and the Royal Flying Doctors mental health outreach service.

Pest and Weed Management

$11.1M

over four years for pest, weed and biosecurity risks across rural and North Queensland to reduce the impact of wild dogs, reduce weed incursions and manage yellow crazy ants in partnership with the Australian Government.

Grants of up to $2,500 for primary producers

to seek up-to-date and best practice information on financial management, mitigating climate risks, succession planning and multi-peril crop insurance options.

An extension of the duty concession to family farm businesses

making it easier to pass down the family farm and bringing Queensland into line with other States.

More education support for children in drought affected areas

$3.7M

over three years including additional support to provide assistance for rural school students in drought affected communities.

A new Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) to replace the old QRAA.

QRIDA will have new powers and responsibilities to better respond to rural debt. A new Office of Rural Affairs will also be established in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.