Queensland Budget 2017-18: Sunshine Coast winners

Queensland Budget 2017-18

Treasurer Curtis Pitt handed down his third budget on Tuesday, with the Sunshine Coast winning across health and education.

A total of $64.7m was set aside for the ongoing construction and development of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and $7.9m for the Caloundra Hospital refurbishment.

A new primary school in Caloundra South will receive $11.9m.

The Bruce Highway received $120m to widen from four to six lanes from Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, due for completion in November 2020.

However, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast CEO Darrell Edwards was disappointed in the lack of funding for the North Coast Rail.

“Funding has been awarded  to the Cross River Rail project, which means we will now have to apply for funding under the $10bn National Rail Fund.”

An exciting addition to the Sunshine Coast will be the Peregian Digital Hub, with over $700k allocated for office spaces, co-working areas, training and presentation rooms, and cafes to create a centralised location for innovation.

“This means more entrepreneurial activity on the Sunshine Coast, helping with education and office space for new and established businesses to innovate and place us as a global destination for business,” said Mr Edwards.

Another Sunshine Coast win was $1.4 million total spend to construct a Sunshine Coast Aquatic Exercise Facility within the existing University of the Sunshine Coast Sports Precinct.

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