Posted by Jim on May 10, 2010
The Greens candidate for Wide Bay, Dr Jim McDonald, said that he didn’t expect the budget would bring much joy to the electorate.
He said the Government’s performance so far had left Wide Bay voters in the lurch.
“Where is the improvement of health services? Gympie and Maryborough hospitals need to be upgraded to service the region and take pressure off Nambour Hospital. Mr Rudd’s Health tour bypassed the electorate.
“Public patients in the west of the electorate have to travel to Toowoomba Hospital for some health services.
“This is a ludicrous arrangement that represents a failure of the Rudd and Howard Governments and the State Government.
“The region needs a decent rail system to connect it to the rest of South-east Queensland, but will Mr Swan deliver the necessary infrastructure funds?” he asked
“There is little evidence of planning for the Mary Valley. The ill-conceived Traveston Dam project ripped apart the the Mary Valley. The Federal Government needs to step in and ensure that the region becomes the food bowl for South-East Queensland. The lack of planning means no budget allocation.
“This is an immediate priority for managing food security in the face of climate change. But, the Rudd Government appears to have dropped its bundle on meaningful climate change measures.”
Dr McDonald said that a productive Mary Valley would also provide sorely needed jobs for the region.
“A responsible Budget would take a whole of region approach to sustainable job creation, infrastructure support, and improvement of services.
“There is little evidence of that,” he said.
Media Release 10 May 2009by