June 10th 2010
State budget: Pity there's no coal on Magnetic Island
General learning area renewal work at the MI State School, support for MI Limited Childcare and some guardrail upgrading along our narrow Island roads, were the only Magnetic-specific expenditures we noted in this week's State Budget. And, while this community shouldn't expect more than its fair share, there was still nothing that might suggest any progress towards the, long needed and much petitioned for, Nelly to Arcadia Walkway. It's a pity there's no coal on Magnetic, otherwise we might have our own inter-bay railway seeing the government was perfectly happy assist our massive greenhouse gas exporting coal industry with extra train tracks, upgraded locos and wagons to the tune of $864 million.
The significant details in the budget for Magnetic are as follows:
$75,000 towards upgrading guardrail on various sections of Magnetic Island Road, Alma Bay, with a total State Government contribution of $75,000.
$352,031 for General Learning Area Renewal at Magnetic Island State School at a total cost of $359,231.
$30,852 to assist the Magnetic Island Limited Hours Care child care service with a total State Government contribution of $61,704
While state politicians have over the years intimated that because the Island roads are owned and operated by Townsville City Council, the walkway isn't really their responsibility. But the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme which, although dwarfed by the corporate welfare directed to the coal industry, involved expenditure of over $100M in 2009-10 (click here) might well have been tapped for 50% of the Nelly to Arcadia walkway costs.
As has been said in the past, it will take somebody being killed on the narrow road over to Arcadia before there is action. Or, we could start swinging our picks for the toxic black rock which has such a mesmerising power over governments and their purse strings.
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