2019-2020 Queensland State Budget Far North Highlights


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There was nothing new to be gained in the Queensland budget highlights for the Douglas Shire.

The Queensland State Government handed down their budget for 2019-2020 financial year today with projects in the Douglas region being confirmed previously announced funding.

Big-ticket items such as the Mossman Mill, Mossman Hospital, and Wangetti trail featured in the highlights.

However, no new infrastructure projects or community spending is earmarked specifically for the Douglas Shire region.

A host of environmental, social, and education initiatives may indirectly impact the region but most of the spending in the Far North is directed to Cairns and Cape York. 

The budget funnels about $1.3 billion to Far North Queensland with most of the spending in remote healthcare and education.

A big chunk of change will go towards housing in Indigenous communities while millions will be spent assessing and evaluating the health of the water surrounding the Great Barrier Reef.

Road and port infrastructure for Cairns was highlighted along with more spending on the Cairns and Atherton hospitals.

The state's debt is about $71.4 billion but will rise to $90 billion within four years while the government’s operating surplus this year is $841 million.


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