Deputy Leader of the LNP Deb Frecklington and Callide Candidate Colin Boyce.
Deputy Leader of the LNP Deb Frecklington and Callide Candidate Colin Boyce. contributed

Member unhappy with budget

CALLIDE has been left out of the State Budget, according to its MP Colin Boyce.

LNP Member Mr Boyce said most of the funding mentioned in the budget for Callide had already been allocated and announced, with many works under way.

"There's really nothing new in the Deputy Premier's first budget for the electorate of Callide, there are several things there that have been allocated, obviously they've been announced before,” he said.

"There is ongoing funding obviously for the Warrego Highway between Chinchilla and Miles passing lanes and things in conjunction with the Federal Government.”

Mr Boyce said with Callide as a "huge economic engine room” for the state it hadn't received much back.

"Very little as far as money for new health facilities and upgrading of the road infrastructure and water infrastructure... ,” Mr Boyce said.

Among the funding announcements was $5 million over two years for wild dog exclusion cluster fencing in western and southern Queensland.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said "there is $3.3 million ($10 million over three years) for the Rural Economic Development Grants Scheme, which promotes agricultural industry development and jobs in rural communities, and a further $1 million ($3 million over three years) for the successful Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance and to extend the Queensland Agricultural Workforce Network.”