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

    Remote North snares economic ‘booster shot’

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

    Tuesday, March 01, 2016

    Remote North snares economic ‘booster shot’

    The North West and the Gulf have snared a $400,000 economic ‘booster shot’ from the Palaszczuk Government to drive economic activity over the next two years.

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham today announced $200,000 each for Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone Incorporated (MITEZ) and Gulf Savannah Development (GSD) to deliver strategic projects that have economic benefits for the communities from Charters Towers to Doomadgee in the Gulf.

    “We want communities in remote areas of Queensland to have the resources they need to develop opportunities they know will grow their economies,” Dr Lynham said.

    “Because of their location, MITEZ and GSD have fewer opportunities to raise funds than more populated regions.

    “They will be able to use this funding over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years on projects that make a difference, such as developing tourism products, attracting and retaining business opportunities and investment in the regions or improving services for industry.

    “MITEZ has used previous funding to focus on the North-East Gas Interconnector from the Northern Territory to Mount Isa.

    “MITEZ is now working to link gas users, manufacturers and industry players to explore the further opportunities that can come from Jemena’s $800 million pipeline project.”

    Dr Lynham said GSD had used previous funding to raise tourism enterprise capability, provide regional leadership and assist tourism operators with accreditation and registration.

    Dr Lynham said the funds were part of a $1 million booster pack for remote area boards around the state.

    “Through these remote area boards, communities undertake actions themselves, either addressing economic disadvantage or harnessing opportunities specific to their region,” he said.

    “Regional communities are the engine room of Queensland’s economy and this funding is all about keeping the engine room ticking over.

    “We can support communities to create a stronger economic future by working with local regional organisations on projects that can really make a difference.”

    For more information on remote area boards visit statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/rab.

    [ENDS]           1 March, 2016

     

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