The Palaszczuk Government has committed more than $2.4 million to three critical infrastructure projects in McKinlay, Cloncurry and Flinders Shire Council areas through Round 4 of the $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the works will 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.
“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 project complements improvements to the saleyards’ livestock dipping, clearing and spelling facilities, which were funded through Round 1 of BoR,” Mr Dick said.
“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 millionfor 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.
“Council will also contribute $352,391 to the project and estimate after construction that businesses in the precinct could support up to 100 direct and 177 indirect full-time jobs,” Mr Dick said.
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.