The Budget Out West

Budget-2017

The 201702018 Federal Budget sees millions of dollars of extra funding to be made available to local councils after Treasurer Scott Morrison honored a promise to restore the indexation of financial assistance grants. Former treasurer Joe Hockey placed the three-year freeze on the indexation … [Read more...]

RIC Comes Alive

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The Government’s Budget will see the delivery of its election commitment to establish a Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) to streamline the delivery of up to $4 billion in concessional loans. The Government will introduce legislation this year to establish the RIC as a separate entity within … [Read more...]

Visa Restrictions Welcomed

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Maranoa MP David Littleproud has welcomed the Federal Governments’ move to abolish the Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers saying the move will safeguard Australian jobs. He says the abolition moves will also see the creation of a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills … [Read more...]

Rock N’ Roll or New Bridges?

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The Federal Member for Maranoa DVAID Littleproud is keen to see a little less Rock and Roll across the regions, well at least in our old bridge network. He’s calling for residents to nominate a rickety bridge that’s in desperate need of repair or replacement as round 3 of the Federal Government’s … [Read more...]

Inland Rail Gains Smoother Run

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The $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Programme moves a step closer with some red tape now cut as the Coordinator-General helps progress a 73-km stretch from Toowoomba to Grandchester. Two key sections of the proposed 1710km freight route near Toowoomba had been declared coordinated … [Read more...]