Wash-down bay project short listed by state gov­ern­ment

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

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.

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