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What's In Store For Cairns In State Budget

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning has slammed the state budget as 'under-whelming' for the far north.

About 30 billion dollars of the Palaszczuk budget will be spent on economy-building projects for regional Queensland.

But Councillor Manning said little of that has gone to the north.

Meantime an extra 100 ambulance officers and 85 new and replacement ambulance vehicles will be rolled out across Queensland with $800 million included in the state budget.

$4.9 million will be used to replace stations at Kirwan and Mareeba, as well as redevelopments at Southport, Rockhampton and Cairns Ambulance Stations – including the Operations Centres at those locations.

The 2018-19 State Budget includes the following for QAS:

$400,000 in 2018-19 out of a $1.8 million total spend to construct a replacement ambulance station in Mareeba to provide a purpose-built facility to support the growing demand for services in this region.
$300,000 in 2018-19 out of a $4.6 million total spend to construct a new ambulance station in Hervey Bay to support the existing station and to provide additional capacity to service the local and surrounding communities.
$200,000 in 2018-19 out of a $4.6 million total spend for the construction of a new ambulance station in Yarrabilba to support the increasing demand for services in the South-East Queensland western corridor.
$1.3 million in 2018-19 out of a $5 million total spend to refurbish the Rockhampton Ambulance Station and Operations Centre.
$200,000 in 2018-19 out of a $6.2 million total spend to commence planning for the replacement of the existing Gold Coast Ambulance Operations Centre.
$350,000 in 2018-19 out of a $5 million total spend to construct a replacement ambulance station in Kirwan to provide a purpose-built facility to support the growing demand for services in this region.
$900,000 in 2018-19 out of a $5.6 million total spend for the redevelopment of the Cairns Ambulance Station and Operations Centre to better meet the growing demand for ambulance services in the region.
$1.2 million in 2018-19 out of a $4.6 million total spend for the planning and construction of a new ambulance station at Drayton.

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