$25 million GKI makeover supports CQ jobs and tourism

Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation The Honourable Kate Jones

Construction on $25 million worth of tourism infrastructure on Great Keppel Island will begin in 2020 supporting jobs in Central Queensland. Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government said because the Morrison Government had failed to commit any funding to Great Keppel Island, the State Government would forge ahead on its own. “With the global coronavirus pandemic still impacting markets around the world, the tourism industry will be vital to the economic recovery of this region,” Ms Jones said. “Today we’re putting pedal to the metal to fast-track work on Great Keppel island that will create jobs and help to attract more tourists to Central Queensland in months and years to come. “This is all possible because we’re continuing our health response and already delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery. “With support from the Federal Government and the private sector, we hoped to also deliver a mainland power and water connection. “Michelle Landy and Scott Morrison are happy to see the local tourism industry suffer but we’re not. “That’s why we’re forging ahead with new infrastructure like a boat ramp, jetty and upgrades to walking trails to create jobs and support the economic recovery of the tourism industry in Keppel.” Infrastructure planned includes:

  • Cyclone rated jetty
  • Barge slant boat ramp
  • Solar with backup generators
  • Visitor facilities including amenities, shade and seating
  • Rehabilitate existing walking trails
  • New walking trails
  • Viewing platform
  • Water treatment
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