May 21, 2020

Council works bonanza in new funding round

Council works bonanza in new funding round The latest funding round includes $2.14 million for Emerald's airport terminal redevelopment.

Emerald’s airport terminal redevelopment and a Mount Isa family fun precinct are among 48 council projects sharing $66 million in a new round of State funding.

The Queensland Government is partnering with 39 local councils to deliver the projects through round five of the $365 million Building our Regions (BoR) program.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the projects would support about 350 construction jobs in communities stretching from the Torres Strait to the border of New South Wales.

“We want to progress these projects quickly to make sure the benefits are felt sooner in our communities and to give industry increased confidence,” she said.

“We’re working our way through arguably the toughest period in the history of our state, but it’s projects like this which will steer us through.”

BoR Round 5 focuses on construction and planning projects that will create and sustain long-term employment in regional Queensland.

Funding applications were submitted by local governments in August 2019 and have gone through a competitive assessment process by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Big ticket items around the regions

Big ticket items in the latest round include $3,756,500 for the Mount Isa Family Fun Precinct Redevelopment – Stage 2 (total cost $5,111,500), $1,807,923 for works for the Biloela Industrial Estate – Stage 3 ($2,126,968) and $5 million for the Airlie Beach Sustainable Water Project ($14,364,216).

There is $2.14 million for the Emerald airport terminal redevelopment (total cost $4,280,000), $1 million for the Hope Vale Township Community and Cultural Park ($2,000,000) and $2,810,500 for the Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant Sustainable Energy Project ($2,999,500).

The Mackay Animal Management Centre expansion has attracted $1,274,500 in BoR funding (total cost $3,085,900), the Mapoon Short Stay Accommodation project has attracted $1 million and The Big Rig oil, gas and energy centre expansion (Roma) received $1,628,700 (total cost $4,686,400).

A display at The Big Rig in Roma.

There is $2,793,717 for the Queens Park Revitalisation Project in Toowoomba ($5,587,434), $2,401,500 for the Tara Lagoon Parklands Development ($4,803,000), and and $1.5 million for The Globe Precinct Tourist Lookout – Barcaldine ($1,580,000).

See the full list of funded projects HERE.

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