The State Government is splashing cash to the tune of $5.3 million to improve Moranbah water infrastructure.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker welcomed the funding injection, saying it would be a significant step towards local water security, which was vital to the region’s economic growth and liveability.
“Isaac Regional Council will match the Queensland Government’s grant under the Building our Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund,” she said.
“I’m pleased to see this fund delivering the critical support needed for vital infrastructure in resource communities.
“Funds will allow for a new reservoir and associated works to increase water storage and supply from one to two-three days.”
The new 15 megalitre ground level reservoir and supply main are the most critical element of the Moranbah Water Strategy.
The Moranbah grant was part of almost $7.9 million worth of Palaszczuk Government funding announced this week for water, cultural and recreation infrastructure in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac local government areas.
State Development Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Lynham said the projects, in partnership with Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regional councils, would support 49 jobs and generate new business opportunities in Mackay, Moranbah and Collinsville.
“Regional infrastructure projects are an important part of keeping the economy ticking over and keeping our regional communities strong,” he said.
“Our $375 million Building our Regions program is pumping funds into regional communities across the state and supporting more than 600 jobs in 51 projects funded in this latest second round.
“Already, 37 projects are underway and two are completed from the first round announced just a year ago.
“That includes $2.25 million to Mackay Regional Council for upgrades currently underway on sewage pump stations across the Mackay region and $3.58 million to Isaac Regional Council for a new lined landfill cell and refuse transfer station at Moranbah.”
The new Building our Regions funds include:
In Mackay – $2.3 million from the State Government, $1.05 million from council and $1.26 million from the Mackay Show Association for a new equestrian precinct, grandstand seating and commercial kitchens that will expand the community and commercial uses of the existing Mackay Showgrounds.
At Collinsville – $254,000 each for the State Government and council to revitalise the Collinsville Showgrounds and provide much-needed tourism facilities that will boost the local economy.
In Moranbah – $5.3 million each from the State Government and council to deliver a new reservoir and other works at the Moranbah Water Treatment Plant, increasing water storage and addressing limited firefighting capacity in some parts of the town.
For more information on Building our Regions visit: www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/buildingourregions