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

    New cultural heart to beat in the Creek

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

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    New cultural heart to beat in the Creek

    Julia Creek’s new $2.2 million Community and Cultural Precinct is on the way, thanks to $1.2 million from the Palaszczuk Government.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the revamp of the community hall and arts and cultural centre would create 30 new jobs and a new heart for the town.

    “The new precinct will be a hub for tourists, locals, and business and agricultural industry visitors all year-round,” Dr Lynham said.

    “Most importantly, it means Julia Creek will be able to play host to a range of regional industry events that would not otherwise be possible.

    “Council estimates that economic benefits will be more than $150,000 per year, with spin-offs for local businesses in opportunities including event catering.

    “The new precinct will be able to host regular industry events including Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone meetings, agricultural industry events including Cattlemen’s Association functions, and tourism events such as Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA) meetings and symposiums.”

    McKinlay Shire Council has committed $600,000 along with an industry contribution of $400,000 from South32.

    McKinlay Shire Council Mayor Belinda Murphy said the upgrade would see a bigger range of events and activities come to the region, and boost the local economy.

    “This is an exciting project for council. The benefits of this project go beyond the jobs created during construction but will extend to the economic activity generated by hosting events we were previously unable to,” Cr Murphy said.  

    “The town will have the capacity to support vital community events that help improve the social and emotional wellbeing of the community and make the region a more attractive place to live.

    “For tourists visiting the town, the larger range of activities will give them yet another reason to extend their stay.                                                                                                                                               

    “And with the shire hard hit by drought in the last few years, council is especially keen on projects such as this one that inject into the local economy and provide a long-term economic boost.”

    The refurbished centre will have new flooring, stage AV equipment, air-conditioning and an outdoor area, as well as revamped hall amenities, kitchen and bar area, and the arts and cultural buildings attached to the complex.

    Work is expected to take 11 months starting in September.

    ENDS             17 June, 2015

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