THE Federal Government through its Regional Growth Fund would invest $472 million in regional infrastructure projects that back its communities' plans to grow local economies and adapt to the changes taking place through globalisation and technological change.
The Government says the new commitments to regional growth extend the success of its existing programs following the $298 million investment in the Building Better Regions Fund and the $220 million investment in the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.
"These initiatives will complement the Government's City Deals with recently signed deals for Launceston and Townsville," the budget papers say.
Whether or not the announcement would satisfy Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson's call for a commitment from the Commonwealth to negotiate and enter into a City Deal for south east Queensland remains to be seen.
In the lead up to the budget Mr Jamieson called for tangible commitments to transformational transport and digital infrastructure which would directly benefit the Sunshine Coast.
One of those budget wishes appear to have been ignored with the $250,000 allocation to fund a business case for the construction of a Sunshine Coast link to the Sydney to Guam submarine broadband cable missing from the 2017-18 Communications budget even though it was listed in 2016-17.
The announcement the Pine Rivers to Caloundra section of the Bruce Highway had attracted a $530 million upgrade however appears to at least in part have satisfied those wishes.
The Turnbull Government would also invest more than $33 million in a series of measures to ensure workers could access the skills training and services they need.
These include $24 million for Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships and $9.1 million for access to telehealth psychological services.
As a direct employer, the Government has also said it would promote confidence in regional Australia by exploring opportunities to decentralise suitable Commonwealth agencies over the course of 2017.
Sunshine Coast Council has a new CBD development coming out of the ground which would be delighted to hear from them.
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