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Monday, 22 June 2009
Page: 6798

Mr BIDGOOD (6:41 PM) —On Friday at 1 pm I was at Oonoonba State School announcing the federal government funding for the P21 investment into a new resource centre worth $1.1 million and a new multipurpose hall worth $1.9 million. I met with the principal, Anne-Marie Day, who said this was the most fantastic investment in education she had ever seen and welcomed it.

I would like to report to the chamber that the Rudd Labor government economic stimulus package is delivering $131 million to Townsville in the seat of Herbert. I hasten to add that we have also invested, as part of that stimulus package, $10 million to the V8 supercar event which will be taking place on 10, 11 and 12 July in Townsville, and also the Flinders Street Mall, worth $16.2 million. This confirms once again that, of the stimulus package announced by the Rudd Labor government, 70 per cent is invested in key infrastructure in our society and our community. I commend everything that this government is doing to stimulate the economy, keep jobs and build key infrastructure for the future of this nation.