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

    FNQ scores $23 mill for Xmas infrastructure wish list

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

    Monday, December 21, 2015

    FNQ scores $23 mill for Xmas infrastructure wish list

    More than $23 million from the Palaszczuk Government will help fund a Christmas infrastructure wish list for Far North Queensland communities from Cairns to Lockhart River.

    Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the government’s contribution towards almost $50 million worth of projects ranging from airports to sewerage upgrades.

    Speaking in Cairns, Dr Lynham said regional communities were the backbone of the Queensland economy and that the Building Our Regions program would deliver almost 190 jobs in far north Queensland in this first round alone.

    “The economic uplift of infrastructure investment is critical up here and I want to commend all the FNQ councils for working with us to get these projects off the ground,” Dr Lynham said.

    “We’ve funded essential projects like the $1.54 million upgrade of Weipa’s water and sewerage mains, and the $281,500 needed for Stage Two of Evan’s Landing boat ramp.

    “Kowanyama’s mechanical workshop will be upgraded, along with the Cooktown Airport Aviation Park and the Lockhart River Waterpark.”

    Projects across the Tablelands and Northern Beaches received grants for much-needed upgrades.

    Member for Cairns Rob Pyne said business and industry as well as local drivers would welcome the news that the Collins Avenue Bridge was to be renewed.

    “A modern transport network is essential to economic development and it’s projects like this that will underpin the ongoing growth of our city,” he said.

    “The project will support nine jobs and the new modern structure will be better for the Saltwater Creek System environmentally and from a flooding perspective. “
     
    Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said he was happy to be able to advise the people of Kuranda that their water supply was getting a $1.3 million boost.

    “We will be getting 650 kilolitres of extra drinking water storage, with two new reservoirs at Warril Drive and Mason Road,” he said.

    “Even with the new reservoir completed earlier this year, our existing supply isn’t enough to meet the demands of locals and a million tourists a year.

    “My constituents appreciate the work of Mareeba Shire Council in continuing to work with State Government to tackle their water supply needs.” 

    Dr Lynham said this investment in critical regional infrastructure demonstrated the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to sustainable regional Queensland communities.

    “The first round of the $200 million Building Our Regions program has invested more than $70 million in 42 projects around Queensland, with an additional $159 million in co-contributions from Councils and other organisations.

    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.”

     

    Full list of FNQ projects:

     

    Location

    Total cost

    State Govt contribution

    Mareeba

    $15 million

    $1.5 million

    Mossman

    $1.15 million

    $544,150

    Port Douglas

    $13.5 million

    $5 million

    Cooktown

    $990,000

    $500,000

    Lockhart

    $500,000

    $400,000

    Kowanyama

    $110,560

    $100,560

    Ravenshoe

    $5 million

    $2.5 million

    Weipa

    $574,000

    $282,000

    Weipa

    $3.1 million

    $1.55 million

    Karumba

    $9.59 million

    $4.89 million

    Georgetown

    $514,000

    $500,000

    Mission Beach

    $7.39 million

    $3.49 million

    Cairns

    $3.1 million

    $1.5 million

    Kuranda

    $1.3 million

    $650,000


     
    Applications for round two will open next year.

    For more information on Building our Regions visit: http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/buildingourregions

     

    [ENDS]                       21 December, 2015               

    Media contact:           Jan Martin     0439 341 314