$1B Bundamba budget delivers for local community

21 June 2022

A $1 billion Bundamba budget will deliver more jobs, infrastructure upgrades and ongoing investments in world-class health and education for the local Bundamba community.

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the 2022-23 State Budget had today continued the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to good jobs, better services and a great lifestyle for Queenslanders.

“Our local community is once again a big winner in today’s bumper budget, with funding for more than $1 billion worth of projects,” Mr McCallum said.

“Our commitment to world-class local healthcare continues with our record $9.78 billion Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan set to deliver 200 additional beds at Ipswich Hospital as part of the Stage 2 expansion.

“This $710 million investment will be supported by the brand-new South Ripley Satellite Hospital, where I’m proud to announce we are investing an additional $85.4 million, along with further improvements at The Park Centre for Mental Health.

“A total of $8.7 million will progress the new Ripley Ambulance Station and West Moreton District Office, as well as the new Ripley police facility.

“We’re also supporting this rapidly growing community by delivering essential infrastructure and unlocking more land for housing with $45 million for the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area.

“Affordable housing supply will be further backed by $34.3 million for new and improved social housing across Ipswich.

“Last year we opened four new local apartment complexes, three in Redbank and one in Bellbird Park, and another is already under construction at Goodna.”

Mr McCallum said today’s budget included about $20 million for local education and training, along with more than $57 million for new schools to support ongoing growth.

“Goodna Special School will welcome a brand-new building with additional learning spaces, while our investment in training continues with the ongoing expansion of the Metal Trades Centre and new Manufacturing and Robotics Centre at our Ipswich TAFE campus at Bundamba,” he said.

“Schools across our local community will also benefit from more than $1 million in works and upgrades, and we’re catering for current and future growth with new primary schools at Augustine Heights and Ripley Valley.

“The budget also includes funding to progress the next stage of the $34 million upgrade of Bundamba train station; $3.7 million to support CleanCo and our proudly publicly owned Swanbank E Power Station as we continue to move towards our renewable energy target; more than $4 million for safety improvements along the Cunningham Highway; $11.8 million to upgrade the Centenary Motorway and Logan Motorway interchange; and $2 million to plan a brand-new state-of-the-art Police Academy at nearby Wacol.

“This is another bumper investment in our local Bundamba community as we continue to cater for increased population growth and deliver the good jobs, better services and great lifestyle we all deserve.”