$42.75 billion over four years for infrastructure projects that will contribute to around 40,000 jobs* supported by the Budget in 2017-18.

$3.885 billion

for transport and roads, including $252.5 million towards construction of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and $236.3 million towards widening the Gateway Motorway North, south of Nudgee, to six lanes.

$604.6 million

for the construction and refurbishment of school educational facilities, early childhood education and care services, and training assets.

$916.1 million

for health, including investments in health facilities and supporting infrastructure across urban, rural and regional areas, and $8.7 million for adolescent mental health facilities.

$2.063 billion

for the energy and water sectors to support the Government to deliver cost effective, safe, secure and reliable energy and water supply.

Regional infrastructure

The Palaszczuk Government recognises some areas of Queensland are doing it tougher than others. Investment in regional infrastructure supports economic development and liveability.


The 2017-18 Queensland Budget delivers:

Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s North West Minerals Province

$39 million over four years to support regions through resource sector development, diversify regional economies and create employment opportunities.


This includes large-scale geological surveys to identify new commercial deposits, support for smaller mines, exploration and projects development.

Burdekin Falls Dam Safety Improvement Program

As part of the Powering North Queensland plan the Government will work with SunWater to deliver the Burdekin Falls Dam Safety Improvement project. At a cost of approximately $200 million the improvement works will support the proposed hydro-electric power station, and allow for the potential raising of the dam wall to create water storage for urban growth, resources and irrigation.

North Queensland Stadium

The $250 million North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys. The new stadium will attract visitors, events and investment to North Queensland. It is expected that up to 750 jobs will be supported throughout the design and construction phase of the 25,000 seat stadium, and that many positions will be filled by people from the Townsville region. The Palaszczuk Government is contributing $140 million to this project.

Water infrastructure in Indigenous communities

$120 million over four years from 2016-17 to address priority works relating to water, wastewater and solid waste assets in 16 Indigenous councils.

Port of Cairns

A contribution of $60 million over two years from 2018-19 as part of the estimated $120 million Cairns Shipping Development Project to widen and deepen the Trinity Inlet Channel and swing basin at the Port of Cairns. The project will be subject to an Environmental Impact Statement and business case approval.

Townsville Water Security

Following the launch of Australia’s first City Deal in Townsville, an intergovernmental Water Taskforce has been established to review options to secure long-term water supply for Townsville. $225 million over four years from 2017-18 is set aside by the Government to support Townsville water security.

Capricornia Correctional Centre

A $200 million expansion of the centre will ease prison overcrowding and support more than 100 construction and 70 ongoing operational jobs.

Cairns Convention Centre

$176 million over two years from 2018-19 to expand the Cairns Convention Centre, which will provide better facilities and activate other investment in supporting infrastructure in the region.

Mackay Ring Road

$70 million in 2017-18 out of a total estimated cost of $497.8 million to construct the Mackay Ring Road in partnership with the Australian Government. Due for completion in July 2020, the project will improve connectivity between Mackay and the Bowen Basin, and ensure the region is prepared for future growth.

* 40,000 includes estimated jobs supported by capital works, capital grants and other key 2017-18 Budget initiatives.

Last updated: 13 June 2017