$10m boost for our projects
THE Palaszczuk government will deliver $10 million to help fund infrastructure in Bundaberg and Burnett.
Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Anthony Lynham today announced the government's $10 million contribution towards the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant and a new $14.5 million community centre.
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson welcomed the news, which she said would support 229 jobs and facilitate private investment in residential, commercial and industrial development.
Dr Lynham said the local projects were some of the 42 critical infrastructure projects receiving more than $70 million from the Palaszczuk government's $200 million Building our Regions program.
"This investment in critical regional infrastructure demonstrates our government's commitment to sustainable regional Queensland communities," he said.
"Statewide the government's $70 million contribution is attracting a further $159 million investment from council and other organisations.
"Regional communities are the backbone of our economy, and Building our Regions projects will deliver almost 700 jobs in this first round, as well the flow-on economic development," Dr Lynham said.
Ms Donaldson said the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant funds would mean the council could replace two existing, flood-prone wastewater treatment plants with an efficient, more flood-resilient, modern facility.
"The wastewater project will support the strong economic development growth prospects of Bundaberg and the Coral Coast," she said.
"This project is critical to the development for our Port of Bundaberg and the $70 million Knauf Plasterboard Manufacturing Plant, and residential and industrial developments."
Bundaberg Regional Council will manage the projects and work with the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) to manage the daily operations of the community centre once complete.
"The Bundaberg Region Multi-use Sports and Community Centre will include a three-court sports hall, gymnastics hall, weight and cardio exercise area and group fitness area," Ms Donaldson said.
"The facility will provide the community with a place for functions and will serve as a central evacuation centre during natural disasters."
Dr Lynham said regional collaboration was a key factor in this program and he thanked the Bundaberg Regional Council for its $68.5 million contribution to ensure both of these projects get off the ground.
Applications for the next round will open next year.