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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    $2.6 million Palm Island foreshore redevelopment kicks off Centenary Celebrations

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, February 07, 2018

    $2.6 million Palm Island foreshore redevelopment kicks off Centenary Celebrations

    Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today officially opened the $2.6 million Coolgaree Bay Foreshore redevelopment, as the local community celebrates the launch of Palm Island’s Centenary.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the said the beautification of the foreshore and infrastructure works - funded via the Palaszczuk Government’s $400 million Works for Queensland program – marked a strong start to 2018 for Palm Island.

    “These foreshore and infrastructure works will improve liveability and be a catalyst for economic growth on Palm Island,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    "The $2.6 million redevelopment was estimated by council to create or support 64 jobs during construction and will drive growth by encouraging tourism.

    “The foreshore redevelopment will improve community space, support tourism growth, and create new employment opportunities for locals.

    “It’s appropriate that this opening also coincides with the launch of Palm Island’s Centenary, as one of the themes of the event is to celebrate the future ahead and this project will certainly benefit generations to come.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be contributing more than $235,000 towards a series of commemorative events to mark the Palm Island Centenary.”

    The foreshore redevelopment involved upgrading the existing footpath and lighting as well as undertaking landscaping, irrigation and planting vegetation.

    It also funded construction of a new footpath and lighting to improve access to the helipad to Manbarra Road, improving safety and liveability on the island.

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart congratulated the Palm Island Shire Council and the local community on the completion of the project, saying it was the perfect way to kick off Centenary Celebrations.
     
    “As Palm Island celebrates its Centenary, locals have an eye on the future and this now looks a whole lot brighter thanks to this landmark redevelopment,” Mr Stewart said.

    “I want to congratulate Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council on achieving two important milestones and I’ll continue to work with the local community to drive further growth and economic development on the island.”

    Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Alf Lacey said the project created jobs for young people during construction and will help to make Palm Island a wonderful place to live as well as to visit.

    “The value of creating jobs through Works for Queensland can’t be underestimated and I have seen many of our young people with renewed vigour and confidence after working on the foreshore redevelopment,” Mayor Lacey said.

    “This is the ideal way to kickstart our Centenary and begin Palm Island’s next 100 years.”

    The $400 million Works for Queensland program serves double duty – creating, supporting or sustaining jobs as well as supporting councils undertake maintenance and minor infrastructure.

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

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548