The Queensland Budget will directly support the Sunshine Coast with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:
$730M for Infrastructure
for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 2,300 jobs in this region.
$1.4B for Health
for Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services.
$140.5M for Education
to maintain, improve and upgrade schools on the Sunshine Coast region.
The Sunshine Coast will also benefit from:
$1.933B for Sunshine Coast University Hospital
for construction projects to improve facilities at the site.
$38.5M for Social housing
in 2021-22 to expand and improve social housing on the Sunshine Coast.
$20M for Sunshine Coast Stadium
in 2021-22 for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council towards Stage 1 of the redevelopment of the Sunshine Coast Stadium at Bokarina, subject to matching funding from the Australian Government.
Restoring frontline services in Sunshine Coast
Growth from March 2015 to March 2021
415 extra teachers up 14.1%
979 extra nurses up 68.3%
310 extra doctors up 61.5%
72 extra ambulance officers up 23.4%
Delivering for the Sunshine Coast region
Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grants
$17.3 million provided to 1,963 Sunshine Coast businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, to help sustain business operations and build resilience.
(May 2020 to May 2021)
Skilling Queenslanders for Work
$25.9 million allocated to develop skills and provide training to 3,968 Queenslanders on the Sunshine Coast.
(July 2015 to April 2021)
First Home Owners’ Grant
3,546 grants paid to home buyers worth $63.2 million to help them buy their first home on the Sunshine Coast.
(July 2016 to April 2021)
Payroll tax relief
742 employers on the Sunshine Coast received $21.6 million in payroll tax refunds, holidays or waivers to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
((As at 12 May 2021)
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Delivering Sunshine Coast hospital upgrades
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute at Kawana are expanding to meet growing community needs, with the final stage of construction set to increase hospital capacity from 450 to 738 beds. The total investment of $1.872 billion is supporting close to 5,560 construction jobs over the life of the construction project.
As a tertiary, teaching hospital, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital offers a range of new and expanded health services for the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions, including a Skills, Academic and Research Centre on site. The hospital provides health services to both adults and children including a 24-hour emergency department, trauma service and rehabilitation, cancer care, paediatric and maternity services, and specialist medical and surgical services.
Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade on track
The $550.8 million Beerburrum to Nambour Rail (B2N) Stage 1 upgrade is on track, with pre-construction activities underway and the design and construction contract expected to be awarded in mid-2022.
The B2N project, to be delivered in stages, covers about 40 kilometres of the North Coast Line and will provide additional track capacity and reliability, creating travel time savings and increased passenger and freight services through the growing Sunshine Coast region.
As a jointly funded project, the Australian Government is contributing $390 million and the Queensland Government is investing $160.8 million. Stage 1 includes duplicating the track between Beerburrum and Beerwah. It will also deliver three new bridges and expand three park ‘n’ ride facilities at Beerburrum, Landsborough and Nambour. Around 333 direct jobs will be supported during construction of the Stage 1 upgrade.
Tax relief package
The government provided significant tax relief to support Queensland businesses, landlords, tenants, pubs and clubs, including:
- payroll tax refunds, waivers and deferrals for eligible businesses, targeted at small to medium businesses
- a payroll tax exemption for wages subsidised by the JobKeeper payment
- land tax rebates, waivers and deferrals for eligible taxpayers.
An estimated 530 employers in Sunshine Coast will also benefit in 2021-22 from the higher payroll tax threshold.
Ten new schools
The 2021-22 Budget includes $913.7 million for 10 new schools to open in 2023 and 2024, as part of the Building Future Schools Program.
- 2023 – primary schools in Yarrabilba, Ripley and the Augustine Heights/Redbank Plains area, and a secondary school in Palmview
- 2024 – primary schools in Redland Bay, Bellbird Park and the Logan Reserve/Crestmead/Park Ridge area, and secondary schools in Springfield and the Collingwood Park/Redbank Plains and Logan Reserve/ Park Ridge areas.