Wash-down bay project short listed by state government
Leanne Donaldson MP: Councils must put forward a compelling business case for this next stage and I’d encourage councils to seek advice about putting together their application from the local DSD office.
THREE projects from the Bundaberg and North Burnett councils are vying for a share of $70 million of the State Government’s job-generating regional infrastructure funds.
Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham last week released the short-listed projects in the running for the next round of the $375 million Building our Regions program.
Dr Lynham said the Bundaberg and North Burnett councils were seeking $8.3 million to fund infrastructure projects including a wash-down bay, bridge replacement and sports and community centre.
“The response from local government across the state has been outstanding, and now the short listed councils have until August 19 to provide detailed submissions for final assessment,” he said.
“This next stage is highly competitive and submissions will undergo rigorous assessment by the Department of State Development (DSD) and a committee of senior executives from across government.
“I expect to announce successful projects in the fourth quarter of 2016 and construction will be expected to start no later than June 30, 2017,” Dr Lynham said.
North Burnett Regional Council is hoping to secure funds for the Biggenden Wash Down Bay and the Deep Creek Bridge Replacement.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said it was positive news to see local councils actively putting forward projects.
“Jobs are already being supported by local projects funded in the first round of Building our Regions – the Bundaberg multi-use sports and community centre and stage one of the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“Councils must put forward a compelling business case for this next stage and I’d encourage councils to seek advice about putting together their application from the local DSD office,” she said.
Dr Lynham said the first round of Building our Regions, released late last year, had already kicked in and would eventually support almost 700 jobs and economic development across the state.
“Of the 42 projects funded state-wide under the first round, one project has already been completed, 12 are under construction, 28 are in design and tender stage, and all will be underway by November,” he said.
Bundaberg Regional Council is seeking funds for stage 2 of the Bundaberg Sports and Community Centre.