5 things our pollies, candidates promised this week
WITH the Queensland election just two weeks away, the Daily Mercury is committed to providing our readers with the most comprehensive coverage of the state poll.
Our readership covers four electorates: Mackay, Whitsunday, Mirani and Burdekin.
Here are five promises and funding pledges our politicians and political hopefuls made this week:
Funding boost for player safety
One of the city's most popular sports will be given a boost of $140,000 to improve their fields and increase player safety, if LNP candidate for Mackay Chris Bonanno is elected on October 31.
Mr Bonanno joined Rugby League Mackay and District representatives at their fields on Bridge Rd to make the announcement this week.
The funding commitment was to improve playing surfaces by irrigating all the remaining fields and also to install covered dugouts on two of their fields.
Regional hospital upgrade
Hospitals in the Mackay region will get increased services if One Nation holds the balance of power in the upcoming Queensland State election, the party has promised.
One Nation candidate for Mackay Christine Keys said the need to cut waiting lists and increase specialist services at Mackay Base hospital was paramount in improving local's health and wellbeing.
"The cost involved for families to travel to Brisbane or further is putting adverse pressure on patients who are already in pain and suffering with serious ailments," she said.
Support for Bowen sport
Bowen's sporting organisations, including young players, will receive a $150,000 funding injection, if the LNP is voted in on October 31.
LNP Member Dale Last said the money would go towards upgrading caretaker and clubhouse facilities at Ben Bolt Park.
Mr Last said the commitment recognised the contribution of volunteers to sport in Bowen and the importance of a stronger community spirit.
Biofuel bus trial
Mackay Transit Coaches will be involved in a trial of two bioethanol buses made in Queensland next year.
MTC is the only operator in the state participating in the trial.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Labor candidate for Mirani Shane Hamilton unveiled the plan this week.
$30m pledge for Mackay 'Mill'
NQ First made a $30 million commitment for the next stage of CQUniversity's regional sporting precinct in Ooralea.
In a positive sign for the 'Mill' project, NQ First Leader and Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan pledged the money to build on the current facility, which boasts a modern aquatic centre and athletics track, if his party secures the balance of power at the Queensland election.
The facility was made possible with funding by the Federal Government and Mackay Regional Council.