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2 June, 2021

Local projects set to create jobs

A NEW wave of projects in the Mackay, Isaac, and Whitsunday regions will create 210 jobs.

The councils for each respective region would receive $15.42 million for projects, which was enabled by the Palasazczuk Government's Works for Queensland Program.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the Beaconsfield and Woodlands District parks were important for the community, explaining they did a large amount of consultation.

"About 10,000 people live in this region over here. A regional park is well overdue and that's what's going to happen here," Mr Williamson said.

"We had about 150 submissions in our public consultation process and it was fantastic that the Government's Works for Queensland money has now come around that we can allocate to this particular park.

Photo: Macklay Regional Council

"We'll spend about $2 million in stage one of the process, it would be three particular three precincts in this park." He said some of the development would include a shared path, along with all-inclusive toilets, barbeques, and the pump track.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles was excited as he beamed about the projects on the beautiful, sunny Wednesday morning.

"The next round of our grants are designed to invest in local communities to create jobs as we reunite and recover from the pandemic, while also delivering really important new facilities into local communities," Mr Miles said.

Mayor Greg Williamson with Deputy Premier Steven Miles and MP Julieanne Gilbert.

"The Mackay, Isaac, and Whitsunday regions will receive $15.4 million in funding from this round of funding, in the process, creating 210 jobs and delivering fantastic new community facilities here at the woodlands district park."

The Deputy Premier explained the Mackay Regional Council's plans to unite the Woodlands District Park with other local parks into one.

"The council has big plans to join up the parks in this area and put in fantastic new facilities, including a new pump track," he said.

"I understand a pump track is an undulating asphalt track that kids can ride their bmx bikes on.

"We'll also invest in redeveloping the Seaforth esplanade, upgrading the facilities at the Lions Lookout Shute Harbour and build a new toddler pool in Moranbah.

"These are all fantastic local community projects."

Photo: Mackay Regional Council

Mr Miles said partnering with local governments was important as they understood the local communities' needs and were able to quickly kickstart these projects.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert smiled as she was proud about the new wave of developments for the regional communities.

"This is a double whammy for our region because this is not just money for local families to be in jobs, it's also facilities for our local families," Mrs Gilbert explained.

"During COVID, we know that families were looking for things to do, close to home. This money that we're rolling it out across Mackay, Isaac, and Whitsunday regions will give our families activities to do, close to home and gets them out of their home and it keeps them fit.

"At the same time, some of those families will have the pleasure of being able to build those facilities."

Funded projects include:
Whitsunday Regional Council – Lions Lookout and carpark upgrade at Shute Harbour, upgrades to the Bowen Water Treatment Plant, and a new walking track from Case Park to Barker Park
Isaac Regional Council – A new toddler’s pool at the Greg Cruickshank Aquatic Centre Water Park, and upgrades at the Dysart and Clermont Civic Centres
Mackay Regional Council - New facilities at Woodlands District Park, the redevelopment of Seaforth Esplanade, and roadworks throughout the region

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