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

    North-west wins $5.4 million 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

    North-west wins $5.4 million for Xmas infrastructure wish list

    More than $5.4 million from the Palaszczuk Government will help fund a Christmas infrastructure wish list for north-west Queensland communities from Charters Towers to Burketown.

    Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the government’s $5.4 million contribution towards more than $12.8 million worth of projects ranging from optical fibre links to cattle saleyard upgrades.

    Dr Lynham said the projects, also supported by local and Federal Government and local businesses, would support almost 40 jobs as well as potential new economic development.

    “This investment in critical regional infrastructure demonstrates our government’s commitment to sustainable regional Queensland communities,” he said

    “These projects are some of the 42 critical infrastructure projects receiving more than $70 million from our $200 million Building our Regions program.

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

    Seven projects have been funded across the north-west, including a $1.9 million fibre optic network from Doomadgee to Burketown.

    “We’ll be contributing significantly to improve communication systems in Burketown, which is currently reliant on an aging and overburdened satellite telecommunications system,” he said.

    “Boulia will benefit from a water reservoir upgrade ensuring the safety of the township’s water supply. “Furthermore the new Donohue Highway emergency landing strip will increase road safety, and provide emergency access for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

    “Cloncurry will gain improved saleyard facilities to ensure they remain operational and economically viable.

    “The new sewage treatment plant being developed for Julia Creek will replace the current waste water system which is aged and non-compliant.

    “Charters Towers will also gain upgrades to waste water management, as the current network is at capacity and requires a new pump station and rising main to expand the network.”

    Dr Lynham said regional collaboration was a key factor in this program and he thanked all of the councils involved for their contribution to ensure this project gets off the ground.

    “I’d also like to commend Telstra for its $370,000 in-kind support for the Doomadgee to Burketown optical fibre link and the Roads to Recovery Initiative for its $454,372 for the Donohue Highway landing strip.”

    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,” 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.”

    All projects funded in the north-west are:



    Total cost

    State Govt contribution

    Doomadgee - Burketown

    $3.90 million

    $1.95 million


    $2.28 million

    $1 million

    Charters Towers

    $1.68 million



    $3.09 million





    Donohue Highway (Boulia Shire)



    Julia Creek




    Applications for round two will open next year.

    For more information on Building our Regions visit


    [ENDS]                       21 December, 2015               

    Media contact:           Jan Martin     0439 341 314