Queensland’s north-west gets $2.4m infrastructure boost from state

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.

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