Media Release: Budget delivers a more secure future for Longman

Residents in the Longman electorate will benefit from a wide range of measures announced in the Federal Budget last night designed to support better jobs, secure the essentials they rely on and ease cost of living pressures.

LNP Senator for Queensland and Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James McGrath said major investments in education, Medicare, small business, child care, and infrastructure would make a big difference in the daily lives of people living in the region

Please see some of the key budget measures for the Longman electorate below.

Every School in Longman to receive more funding

“Schools, in every sector, in every local community in the electorate of Longman will be receiving significant increases in funding because of our needs-based funding model, announced in the Budget,” Senator McGrath said.

“This is great news for the 41 primary and secondary schools in the electorate, and their 27,274 students.

The total increase in Federal Government funding for schools in Longman over the next ten years is $330 million.

Securing Medicare

“The future of Medicare is important to the residents of Longman. Indeed, in the last financial year there were 1,064,881 GP services bulk billed in the electorate. This is a GP Bulk Billing rate of 92.2% last financial year,” he said.

“We will continue to provide record funding for health and Medicare, and guarantee Medicare’s future with a dedicated fund which will protect these vital services for this generation and the next.”

Tax cuts for more than 12,000 businesses in Longman

“In this Budget we are extending the incredibly popular Instant Asset Write-Off for local small businesses. There are 11,723 small businesses in Longman that can take advantage of this measure,” Senator McGrath said.

“We are delivering Small and Medium Business Tax cuts – this will help the 12,201 businesses – with turnovers up to $50 million if they are incorporated, and up to $5 million if they are unincorporated, in Longman invest and employ more Australians.

Childcare and pre-school

“Childcare is incredibly important for families in Longman. There are currently 9,250 families in the electorate that use Government supported child care.

“We are making child care more accessible and affordable - providing the greatest level of assistance for those that need it most.

“We are also ensuring that children in Longman can access 15 hours of preschool a week under a new agreement for early childhood education.

“More than 2,580 children in Longman are set to reap the benefits of the additional $3.2 million in funding for Longman announced by the Turnbull Government for preschool education.” 

Bruce Highway Upgrade Good for the Community

“The 2017 Federal Budget includes $844 million for the Bruce Highway to accelerate construction of the Pine Rivers to Caloundra, and Deception Bay Interchange sections as well as additional safety works, including the upgrade of the Wide Bay Highway intersection.

“The Bruce Highway continues to be one of the most critical pieces of transport infrastructure for anyone living in the Longman electorate, impacting every aspect of life for local residents. Improvements to the Bruce Highway will continue to support growth in the region.”

For more information about the Federal Budget, visit: www.budget.gov.au