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

    South-west wins $14 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

    South-west wins $14 mill for Xmas infrastructure wish list

    More than $14.4 million from the Palaszczuk Government will help fund a Christmas infrastructure wish list for south-west Queensland communities from Toowoomba to Birdsville.

    Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the government’s $14.4 million contribution towards about $42 million worth of projects ranging from caravan park upgrades to flood mitigation.  

    Dr Lynham said the projects, also supported by local and Federal Government and local businesses, would support more than 120 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 the flow-on economic development,” Dr Lynham said.

    Eleven projects have been funded across the south-west, including half-million-dollar upgrades at the Birdsville caravan park and Thargomindah airport, $3 million worth of flood mitigation at Roma and a major road upgrade to support the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub.

    “The Stegers Road upgrade will support 20 jobs alone and provide a critical infrastructure and utilities link to service the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub, one of Queensland’s largest industrial zones,” he said.

    “I know the people of Charleville will be excited about their new water bore, which will secure supply of water to residents who live outside the levee bank and often lose water supply when it floods.

    “At Chinchilla, locals will be getting a brand-new water treatment plant that will be able to meet the demand that the existing ageing system can’t handle.

    “And the Thargomindah airport upgrade will mean the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Angel Flight can land more safely to pick up and return patients.”

    Dr Lynham said regional collaboration was a key factor in this program and he thanked the eight councils for their contributions to ensure the various projects got off the ground.

    “I’d also like to commend InterLink SQ for its $1 million to upgrading Stegers Road in Toowoomba and the National Insurance Affordability Initiative for its almost $5 million for the Roma flood works.”

    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.

    All projects funded in the south-west are:



    Total cost

    State Govt contribution


    $1.5 million






    $21.5 million

    $5 million

    Cunnamulla sewerage



    Cunnamulla water main




    $1.3 million



    $8.3 million

    $3.09 million

    St George airport



    St George effluent







    $6.78 million

    $2.89 million


    For more information on Building our Regions visit


    [ENDS] 21 December, 2015            

    Media contact:           Jan Martin     0439 341 314