6 June 2017
Member for Beaudesert Jon Krause has called on the State Treasurer Curtis Pitt to permanently fund a five day week licencing and transport service at the Boonah “One Stop Shop”, ahead of next week’s upcoming State Budget.
“In 2014, under the previous LNP Government licencing and transport services were brought to Boonah five days a week instead of half a day on Tuesday, along with significant improvements made to the offering of government services in Beaudesert, and in parts of the Lockyer Valley. Originating as pilots, as part of the “One Stop Shop” initiative, the services offered at these centres have become well established and gained permanency”.
“However, I am lead to believe that a degree of the funding for these centres is still sourced as ‘pilot’ funding from the Department of Innovation, Science and Digital Economy,” Mr Krause said.
Mr Krause believes that it is time to make all of the funding for these centres permanent and allocate recurrent funding for their operations.
“In my view it is of no consequence which department funds these operations – there is only one Queensland Government - although I understand the Department of Transport & Main Roads has in the past carried the bulk of funding obligations owing to the high level of TMR services provided through these centres,” Mr Krause said.
Mr Krause said on behalf of his constituents, he has asked the Treasurer and the State Government to end the uncertainty that stems from a lack of recurrent funding being allocated for all of the costs associated with these Queensland Government service centres and to ensure that the 2017/18 Queensland Budget provides recurrent funding for 100% of the services offered.