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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
A focus on improving road and rail transport, better access to health services and strengthening agricultural exports are key budget measures targeted at regional Australians.
But with poor connectivity in so many rural places, the number one item on many budget wish-lists, better telecommunications access, has gone unanswered.
"In addition to better weather and GPS services there will be additional new funding to protect against pests, disease and weeds," Treasurer Scott Morrison said on Tuesday night.
"We will also be providing $146 million to improve access to aged care services in rural, regional and remote Australia.
"In rural and regional areas, we have funded a plan to get more doctors to where they are needed through a new workforce incentive program."
Transport spending spree
The Government signalled early on that infrastructure would be a major focus of this year's budget.
Over the next ten years it has added $24.5 billion of new money to a $75 billion fund that has already promised upgrades to regional roads, rail lines and bridges.
There is also $3.5 billion for the so-called Roads of Strategic Importance, just under half of which will be spent exclusively in northern Australia.
The money is aimed at improving the safety and quality of regional networks including the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia, connections into the Australian Capital Territory from NSW, and regional corridors in Northern Australia and Tasmania.
Over the next four years, $24 million will be spent providing grants to improve safety and access at regional airstrips.
It comes after last year's commitment to funding inland rail between Melbourne and Brisbane.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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