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

    Locals win $5.8 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

    Locals win $5.8 mill for Xmas infrastructure wish list

    The Palaszczuk Government will deliver $5.8 million to help fund a Christmas infrastructure wish list for Mackay and Moranbah.

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the government’s $2.25 million contribution towards Mackay’s sewerage system and $3.6 million for a new landfill resource at Moranbah.

    The $4.5 million Mackay project, co-funded by Mackay Regional Council, will support 13 jobs and deliver critical upgrades to 40 different sites across the Mackay region.

    At Moranbah, replacing the existing Resource Recovery Centre will create 21 jobs and help extend the existing landfill’s lifespan.

    Dr Lynham said these projects were just some of 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.

    “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 as the flow-on economic development,” Dr Lynham said.

    Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the Mackay community would welcome the news that their sewerage network would be more resilient during emergencies – particularly floods.

    “People across the city will appreciate the Mackay Regional Council putting forward this project to government and for its $2.3 million contribution.

    The works will involve upgrades to switchboards, vent poles, accesses and wet well rehabilitations, and the installation of sensor devices for smart sewer monitoring.

    The upgrades to the network will allow for real-time data to be made available to council so they can be more proactive in responding to system failures.

    At Moranbah, Isaac RegionalCouncil has matched the State Government’s $3.58 million to develop a new landfill area, stormwater and leachate pond, and build a new refuse transfer station.

    “The new landfill will enable bulk handling of waste and improve hygiene and safety for the community, users of the landfill, and employees,” Dr Lynham said.

    “This project is critical in ensuring Moranbah can meet demand for waste infrastructure to serve the regional community, mining sector and supporting industries.”

    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

    http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/buildingourregions

     

    [ENDS]                       21 December, 2015               

    Media contact:           Jan Martin     0439 341 314