From tax cuts to road revamps, Ipswich business and political leaders react to the Federal Budget and what it means for you.
Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt said budget highlights for Ipswich included $170m for the upgrade of the Cunningham Highway interchange at Amberley.
“The tax reduction for low to middle income earners is always welcome and will assist many people in the Ipswich community with their day-to-day living expenses,” Cr Wendt said.
“As far as major projects go, money for the Cunningham Highway is certainly very welcome and I encourage the Queensland Government to get on board and match the federal funding announcement.
“This is one of the most significant pieces of infrastructure in Ipswich and the upgrade should be seen as a priority for the city and of course RAAF Base Amberley.”
State Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said she was disappointed about funding cuts for universities, but praised the commitment to the Cunningham.
“I have to say I’m really pleased to see money for the Cunningham Highway upgrade,” she said.
“That’s going to make a huge difference for Ipswich and the State Government is very much aware of the need for further funding.”
While acknowledging several positive points for the city, Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann described the budget as “cruel”.
“The government has matched our commitment to upgrade the Cunningham Highway interchange and we’ll offer bipartisan support for that so now it’s up to State Government to provide another $170m,” the Labor MP said.
“There’s a few good things locally and a little bit of relief for people in the lower to middle income bracket, but nationally it’s a cruel budget full of funding cuts to education and healthcare.”
Ipswich City Council Economic Development Manager Paul Massingham welcomed the budget, saying it was important for Ipswich to capitalise on key industries.
“The Federal Government has provided opportunities in investment areas critical to Ipswich,” he said.
“As a city we will continue to focus on defence, training and skills development and export opportunities moving forward.”
Woodend financial advisor Melissa Cadell said the budget was a win for local families.
“The Federal Budget proposals are attractive to the whole population spectrum from tax relief for low to middle income earners, a cap on fees on low superannuation balances and the ATO’s intention to proactively reunite dormant superannuation funds with rightful owners,” the owner of Wealthier You said.
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