Federal Budget, Local Impact by Nilsson Jones

The much anticipated and understandably delayed 2020/2021 Federal Budget was passed down by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last month, and we have taken the time to see how this impacts Logan West. The 2020 Budget was delayed for the obvious reason of grappling with the economic turmoil and uncertainty of the coronavirus. When the Treasurer did pass down the historic budget, much analysis was made of what this meant for the country going forward, but in that local opportunities and projects can be overlooked. Councillor Lisa Bradley is the Logan City Council Governance Committee Chairperson and is optimistic about the recovery and investment opportunities across Logan following the budget. “Council always welcomes investment and grant funding from all levels of government to help deliver infrastructure to the community. In particular this year, Council welcomed an additional $1 billion over two years for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program” Cr Bradley said. Whilst there were few new project announcements for the City of Logan, funding had continued for several of the high-profile projects.

This includes: -A new commitment of $42.4 million to upgrade the Mt Lindesay Hwy between Johanna St and South St in Jimboomba. Cost totalling $53 million, with the remainder of funding to be provided by State Government. -The promised $37.5 million to upgrade the Mt Lindesay Highway between Stoney Camp Rd and Chambers Flat Rd. With the second portion of the $75 million investment coming from State Government. -M1 Pacific Motorway funding of $500 million for the Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway project and $375 million for the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill project. -$10 million in funding to present a business case for the Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail. -$4.2 in funding for the business case regarding a Brisbane to Gold Coast Faster Rail project.

“These works will help improve the quality of life for our city’s residents and support our businesses” Cr Bradley said.

During the Prime Minister’s visit to Logan last month, Bert Van Manen MP spoke of the further opportunities of this budget for the region. “There are many valuable career pathways in the electorate of Forde, and with the return and renewed investment in industries such as manufacturing, there are legitimate prospects for real success” Mr Van Manen said. “This budget is an equal opportunity document for everyone, regardless whether you are male or female, this does not restrict your from getting a trade and building a career within many of the local businesses which will be key in our economic recovery in the coming years.” “No matter where you are situated in the electorate, you have received a tax cut, and we have increased the depreciation allowances for your instant asset write-off to improve the cashflow for the multitude of businesses in this area at all levels of the supply chain” Mr van Manen said.

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