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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wujal Wujal community gains $1.1 million in Palaszczuk Government funding

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    Wujal Wujal community gains $1.1 million in Palaszczuk Government funding

    Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch today (Wednesday) announced the Cape York Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal will receive $1.1 million in funding through the Palaszczuk Government’s successful Works for Queensland (W4Q) program.

    Ms Enoch, who is the Ministerial Champion for the community and will be visiting Wujal Wujal this week, said the funding will be used to create a high-speed wireless network and digital forum - supporting more than 14 jobs.

    “The wireless network will enable reliable communications for everybody in the community on both sides of the Bloomfield River,” Ms Enoch said.

    “This is vital as Wujal Wujal is a vulnerable community due to its proximity to significant waterways which become volatile during extreme weather events.

    “This was evident earlier this year when the community was essentially cut off for eight days by road, and further crippled by a limited telecommunication network.

    “The network can operate independently or as part of the Telstra or other communication systems or services, and will form the backbone of communication within and around the community.”

    Wujal Wujal Mayor Desmond Tayley said the wireless network will enable council to better manage emergency situations with instant connectivity to the community through mobile devices or other Wi-Fi-enabled equipment.

    “The network will ensure connectivity across the valley during disaster events, ensuring sustainable council response to extreme weather,” Councillor Tayley said.

    “It is also expected that the network will enhance asset management through its predictive maintenance functions.”          

    Ms Enoch said the $1.1 million in W4Q funding will also be used to remodel the existing council workshop to enable recycling in the community.

    “Baling of recyclable material will reduce transport and disposal costs by up to 70 per cent,” Ms Enoch said.

    “These are valuable outcomes and strong examples of how the $200 million W4Q program enables swift delivery of jobs through priority maintenance and minor infrastructure works across regional Queensland.    

    “W4Q serves double duty – creating, supporting or sustaining jobs as well as supporting councils to undertake maintenance and minor infrastructure developments,” she said.

    For more information visit: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland

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