State budget holds more than a whole highway of benefits

EDITORIAL: There is no doubt that upgrading the Mount Lindesay Highway is extremely important to residents across the southern section of Logan City and the Scenic Rim.

This crucial arterial road has been the scene of too many road fatalities, with traffic crashes so commonplace that many Jimboomba Times readers despair at the ongoing delays in widening the highway to four lanes.

This week’s announcement in the state budget of an extra $20 million to create a dual carriageway between Rosia Road and the Stoney Camp Road interchange is welcome, but we know many readers will say it’s simply not enough.

That’s the trouble with budgets – there is never enough money to please everyone – but when a community reacts loudly about funding for one main issue, other crucial measures tend to get overlooked in the rush to express disappointment.

We get it: the Mount Lindesay Highway needs more funding than it’s getting, but this month’s budget has other good news for our readers.

Things like fifty extra police set to hit the beat as part of the $46.7 million world-class counter-terrorism facility at Wacol.

Other measures you might miss are interest-free rental bond loans for those who cannot afford the full bond to move into private rental accommodation; and the Spectacle Supply Scheme giving residents a pair of basic prescription spectacles, once every two years.

Home Assist Secure is aimed at helping eligible people over 60 or those with a disability to remain living in their home, either owned or rented; and 236 additional child safety workers will be delivered over four years under a new $20m child safety funding package.

Our readers regularly bring such issues to our attention, but they don’t always get the wider attention they deserve. This budget, look out for good news in the fine detail.