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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Bundy wins $10 mill for Xmas infrastructure wish list

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Monday, December 21, 2015

    Bundy wins $10 mill for Xmas infrastructure wish list

    The Palaszczuk Government will deliver $10 million to help fund a Christmas infrastructure wish list for Bundaberg and the Burnett region.

    Minister for State Development Dr 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.”

    Locally, 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.

    Dr Lynham said he relied on the independent assessment of his Department of State Development in approving funding.

    “This contrasts with the previous LNP Government’s regional infrastructure program and the various serious findings of the Queensland Audit Office (QAO),” he said.

    “The QAO audit report of the LNP’s program found that the former Deputy Premier did not follow Departmental advice in approving funding, didn’t document his reasons for doing so and consistently favoured funding projects in LNP electorates.”

    “Treasurer Curtis Pitt has referred the report to the Crime and Corruption Commission for consideration and appropriate action.”

    Applications for the next round will open next year.

    For more information on Building our Regions visit     


    [ENDS]                       21 December, 2015               

    Media contact:           Jan Martin     0439 341 314