Warwick and Goondiwindi will benefit from almost $2.8 million through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program – funding that will ensure the delivery of vital infrastructure for both towns.
The Recycled Water for Warwick Industry project is being supported with $2,489,906 from BoR and $2,489,908 from Southern Downs Regional Council, while the Goondiwindi Digital Connectivity project will receive $300,000 from BoR and $300,000 from industry.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said a new water reservoir will be built at the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Facility to supply industry with class A recycled water.
“The provision of class A recycled water to industrial users will free up valuable potable water for other uses,” Mr Dick said.
“Council estimates the project will create 19 jobs during construction and one ongoing job for maintenance and operation.”
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said water security is key to the development of the region.
“This pipeline plays a key role in building the region’s resilience to drought and provides an alternative water source for the industrial estate, helping to conserve precious water supplies for the community,” Ms Dobie said.
“This is a huge project that will deliver a range of long-term benefits to our community, generate jobs in the region during construction, and deliver a significant boost to our local economy.”
Meanwhile, the $600,000 Goondiwindi Digital Connectivity project will bring more telecommunications towers and communications infrastructure to the town, allowing the internet to reach remote parts of the region not serviced by fibre optic cable.
“Currently, internet connections in the region can be slow and expensive to access. This project is set to change all that, while creating five jobs during the construction period,” Mr Dick said.
“The new network will allow residents in rural and remote parts of the Goondiwindi Regional Council area to access a high-speed, reliable connection, and the Palaszczuk Government is proud to support this work.”
Round 4 of Building our Regions will see the Palaszczuk Government partner with 37 councils on 49 projects – work which will create an estimated 657 jobs.
Under previous rounds, the program has allocated $225 million to 174 critical infrastructure projects across the state, generating 1762 jobs and attracting additional investment of $353.5 million from councils and other organisations.
Learn more about the Building our Regions program.