Cash for North-West Qld infrastructure projects

The State Government has committed more than $2.4 million to three critical infrastructure projects in North-West Queensland.

Projects in McKinlay, Cloncurry and Flinders shire council areas will be funded through Round 4 of the $295 million Building our Regions program.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick, said the works would drive economic and job growth for the north-west.

“McKinlay Shire Council will receive $523,750 towards a Julia Creek Smart Hub that will give local businesses, graziers and students access to high-speed internet and video conferencing facilities,” Mr Dick said.

“The council will match our funding and estimate the works will support five full-time jobs by enabling local businesses to expand.

“Further west, the Cloncurry Saleyards’ heavy vehicle rest area will undergo a $947,300 upgrade to provide all-weather access and accommodate heavy vehicles.

“The council is also providing $36,000 in funding, while more than $983,700 has been allocated to the project by the Federal Government, with six jobs to be supported during the construction period.”

Meanwhile, Flinders Shire Council will receive $1 million for Stage 2 of the Hughenden Industrial Precinct, which includes the delivery of water, sewage, and power, and road train access to support existing demand and future development.

“The council will also contribute $352,391 to the project and estimates after construction that businesses in the precinct could support up to 100 direct and 177 indirect full-time jobs,” Mr Dick said.

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