Skip links and keyboard navigation

    Media Statements

    Coat of ArmsMedia Release
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Working Queensland Cabinet Committee focus on projects, jobs in Mackay

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, March 02, 2016

    Working Queensland Cabinet Committee focus on projects, jobs in Mackay

    The Palaszczuk Government’s Working Queensland Cabinet Committee has met in Mackay today to discuss local projects and opportunities to support economic development and employment.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by:

    • Deputy Premier Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad;
    • Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath;
    • Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Grace Grace;
    • Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert and
    • Member for Mirani Jim Pearce.

    The Committee heard from Mackay Regional Council Mayor Cr Deirdre Comerford and representatives from Queensland Resources Council, including Chief Executive Officer Michael Roche.

    “The meeting was an important opportunity for Cabinet Ministers to meet locally to discuss local projects and opportunities for future economic growth and employment,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I am determined for the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee to tour the regions before the Budget on 14 June.

    “The issues and opportunities put before us today will be part of the deliberations in the preparation of the next State.”

    Building Our Regions

    The Committee highlighted the opportunities for local councils to propose shovel-ready infrastructure projects for the next $70 million round of the Building Our Regions program.

    Applications for the next round opens on 4 April.

    Under the previous round, projects in Mackay and Moranbah were funded

    • $3.58 million for a new landfill area, stormwater and leachate pond, and build a new refuse transfer station at Moranbah; and
    • $2.24 million for to deliver critical upgrades to identified sewage pump stations at 40 different sites across the Mackay region.

    For more information on Building our Regions visit

    Accelerated Works Program

    The Palaszczuk Government announced it would accelerate $75 million in works in the Mackay region supporting 177 jobs under its Accelerated Works Program.

    The AWP included the $28 million Vines Creek Bridges project and the 42 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs needed to deliver it.

    Additional projects

    The Committee endorsed the commencement of $4.5 million in new priority Health works across the region including a redesign of the Bowen Hospital community health building to accommodate a dental clinic and kitchen upgrades at Clermont, Dysart, Moranbah, Proserpine and Sarina hospitals. These projects will support 18 FTE jobs during construction.

    Another $1 million has been committed to commence rehabilitation on Waterson Way at Airlie Beach, in addition to works at Bucasia State School, supporting four FTE jobs.

    The replacement amenities at Gargett State School, the Cannonvale Volunteer Marine Rescue Boat Ramp, and the Abel Point Pontoon upgrade completion with works totalling nearly $3.8 million and supporting 11 jobs.

    Media contact: 0417 263 791