Highway fixes among priorities for wish list
FEDERAL member for Maranoa Bruce Scott has got his fingers and toes crossed we will get a look-in in this year's Federal Budget, to be handed down in Parliament today.
While scepticism remains around whether one of the safest seats in the country will get a slice of the communal monetary pie, Mr Scott said he had his wish list bolded, highlighted and ready to bring to the table.
"What I'd like is money for the upgrade of Cunningham's Gap highway with more passing lanes," Mr Scott said.
"We desperately need some money there.
"I'd like to think money would also be allocated to the Eight Mile upgrade.
"It's been done before, but it still proves to be a dangerous intersection."
Mr Scott said he would also like to see mobile phone service improved across the region.
"I get calls all of the time about mobile phone black spots and there are still too many," he said.
It was families who Mr Scott saw as a high priority for budgetary allocations and he said too often they were left struggling to meet the demands of everyday costs of living.
"I would really like to see something done for families because they are the ones finding it very tough," he said.
"I would hope rural and regional Australians are not forgotten in this budget."
Referring to a promise made by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Mr Scott said he hoped to see the budget reflect positive outlooks for regional Australians.
"This will be a test to see whether what she says is something we can believe or whether these are just hollow promises," Mr Scott said.
To finish off Mr Scott's top five wish list, he added that he hoped to see some money thrown into flood mitigation around the Darling Downs area to assist in the building of flood levee banks and the repairing of damage from previous flood events.
"From Warwick to Winton, Birdsville to Blackbutt - I know what my regions need and I will be looking for measures that we can apply to our regions," Mr Scott said.