Springer’s Lagoon, Gracemere’s beautiful natural asset, is set to attract even more visitors with a new fishing and viewing platform, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s job-creating $600 million Works for Queensland program.
In officially opening the new platform, Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the upgrade would benefit the community for years to come.
“The lagoon is a wonderful natural asset for Gracemere, and this platform will help make it even more enjoyable,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“As well as increasing liveability for the community, the works here will enhance the experience for visitors.
“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to have committed $80,000 from the Works for Queensland program to help the Rockhampton Regional Council deliver this for the community.”
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Works for Queensland had a great track record of kickstarting jobs and investment in the Rockhampton region.
“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with Rockhampton Regional Council to deliver new infrastructure that supports employment in the local community,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Through the first two rounds of the Works for Queensland program, Rockhampton has received $18.428 million, for 27 projects, creating or supporting 648 jobs.
“And there’s more on the way, with a further $8.79 million in round three funding rolling out from July 1, bringing the total amount of Works for Queensland investment in Rockhampton to more than $27 million.
“And the impact Works for Queensland is having on areas outside the south east corner will continue, with more projects soon to begin, funded by a further $200 million in the third round of the program.”
Rockhampton Region Councillor Ellen Smith praised the funding initiative.
“Springer’s Lagoon is a truly beautiful place, well-known for its abundance of fish and birdlife when the lagoon is full and is one of the greatest natural assets we have in the region,” Cr Smith said.
“Works for Queensland has helped the council make it even more attractive to locals and visitors, and that is a fantastic outcome for Gracemere.
“It is a wonderful example of what can be achieved for the community when our two levels of government work together.”