A new road and construction unit is being established at the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, made possible thanks $1.1 million in funding from the Palaszczuk Government.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said setting up the unit, with a fleet of yellow plant such as backhoes, loaders, graders and rollers, would fill a large hole in the council’s workforce and capabilities.
“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk saw first-hand the need to establish this unit following the damage caused by Cyclone Nora in March, and made it a priority to fund the Kowanyama Economic Growth and Jobs Initiative through the 2018-19 State Budget,” she said.
“The fleet of yellow plant will allow the council to develop business opportunities and employment, with the road and construction unit able to focus on disaster recovery works, Main Roads contract works and general council works.”
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Mayor Michael Yam said the benefits for the community would be felt for years to come.
“This initiative will have Kowanyama far better placed to deal with clean-ups following cyclones, as well as handle road maintenance and construction efficiently, effectively and most important, in-house,” Cr Yam said.
“Having the capability to do these works will create jobs for Kowanyama and boost the local economy. It’s a wonderful example of what can be achieved when the two levels of government work together for the benefit of the entire community.”