Budget bonus for Downs road users and rural health
MOTORISTS across Toowoomba and Warwick are the big winners from Tuesday's Federal budget.
Treasurer Scott Morrison renewed the government's commitment to funding the $1.1 billion Toowoomba second range crossing, while people travelling from Warwick to Brisbane can rest assured a key Cunningham Highway intersection will be fixed.
Mr Morrison has set aside $170 million to fix the Amberley Interchange, including realigning the highway between Yamanto and Ebenezer Creek and upgrading the Ipswich-Rosewood Rd.
Meanwhile, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe and Warwick regions stand to benefit from the government's decision to allocate $793 million to improve health services in the regions, particularly rural and remote areas.
University of Queensland Rural Clinical School in Toowoomba and Griffith University's schools in Stanthorpe and Warwick will be among the many training centres funded to attract more health students to build their careers outside of metropolitan centres.
In other budget news, our region's frail aged will gain better facilities and support services with the Federal Government allocating $144.9 million over four years to improve the viability of care providers operating outside of capital cities.
There will also be a $5 million increase in capital grants programs aimed at improving life in the bush for the frail elderly locals.
The funding will also help aging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people stay in their communities where they can be supported by their family and friends and receive culturally appropriate services.
The government will also roll out a $1.3 million national Epilepsy Action Response Service to provide specialised health information and support for people with the disease who live in rural and remote areas.
It was also announced on Tuesday that body scanners and advanced x-ray equipment will be installed at 64 airports across Australia to increase traveller security.
The Federal Government will spend $50.1 million installing screening facilities at 13 airports without existing infrastructure and upgrade facilities at larger existing airports like Rockhampton, Townsville and Sunshine Coast. - NewsRegional