Friday, June 11, 2021
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Building a better place to live while creating more jobs has been at the forefront of the latest round of state government funding which will see a number of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday projects get given the green light to commence.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles made the announcement in Mackay last week that the Mackay Regional Council had been successful in securing $9.9 million in the latest round of Works For Queensland (W4Q) Funding for 2021-2024.
The amount included about $2.3 million for the Seaforth Esplanade upgrade and about $2 million for stage one of Woodlands District Park. Upgrading the facilities at Lions Lookout at Shute Harbour, and a new toddler’s pool in Moranbah were also part of the $15.42 million package announced for the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region.
Mr Miles said W4Q projects would have a positive impact across regional Queensland.
“The enormously successful Works for Queensland program is designed to help our regional councils deliver infrastructure that will not only create jobs but will also improve liveability in towns and cities outside the southeast corner,” Mr Miles said.
“The 65 regional councils are best placed to understand the specific needs of their communities, and we have listened to our councils.
“This round of Works for Queensland will help deliver 333 projects, which the councils estimate will create or support more than 3600 jobs where they are needed most.
“This is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.”
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the State Government’s Works for Queensland program had been an excellent initiative for regional local governments.
“We’ve been able to complete a range of job-creating projects aimed at improving liveability for residents in the Mackay region through this funding program,” Mayor Williamson said.
“Works for Queensland helps deliver smaller but important projects that provide benefits for our community.”
Mayor Williamson was delighted key projects like Seaforth Esplanade and Woodlands District Park had received funding boosts under the program.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the funding would support the region’s economy and create jobs.
“This is great news for Mackay and for our region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Gilbert said.
“So far 1471 jobs have been created through the Works for Queensland projects across the region.
“I congratulate the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday councils for putting forward some great projects that will make a real difference in these communities.”