Coun­cil hope­ful on job cre­ation

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil re­mains hope­ful that State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments can be per­suaded to sup­port two sig­nif­i­cant job-cre­at­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The projects, worth $100 mil­lion, are the sub­ject of fund­ing sub­mis­sions cur­rently be­fore both lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

Mayor Cr Mal For­man said the coun­cil had a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for $5 mil­lion be­fore the State Gov­ern­ment un­der its Build­ing Our Re­gions fund to as­sist with the con­struc­tion of the $14.5 mil­lion Mul­ti­plex fa­cil­ity at the old Bund­aberg Show­grounds site.

The coun­cil also ap­plied un­der the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Stronger Re­gions pro­gram for $10 mil­lion to as­sist with the con­struc­tion costs for the Rubyanna Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

“It is of the ut­most im­por­tance that res­i­dents across the Bund­aberg re­gion are aware that coun­cil is com­mit­ted to sourc­ing sig­nif­i­cant funds to pro­vide this es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture for the re­gion,” Cr For­man said.

“It has been dis­ap­point­ing for the com­mu­nity that fund­ing for the Mul­ti­plex fa­cil­ity, which is to house the PCYC and com­mu­nity event fa­cil­i­ties as well as pro­vid­ing emer­gency shel­ter dur­ing dis­as­ters, has not yet re­ceived fi­nan­cial sup­port from any level of gov­ern­ment.

“The re­gion has en­joyed a strong level of sup­port from the com­mer­cial sec­tor, with many new busi­nesses es­tab­lish­ing in Bund­aberg and oth­ers en­larg­ing the oper­a­tions. I think it’s time for gov­ern­ments to come on board to part­ner in this growth.

“The Rubyanna pro­ject is a game changer as it opens up op­por­tu­nity for de­vel­op­ment in our re­gion as well as pro­vid­ing a treat­ment plant that sits above the 2013 flood height.

“The con­struc­tion will en­able the decom­mis­sion­ing of the East Bund­aberg Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant which has pre­vi­ously been ren­dered in­op­er­a­ble dur­ing two sig­nif­i­cant flood events.”

Cr For­man said it had been a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for the coun­cil to de­part from its pro­posed $24 mil­lion Mul­ti­plex fa­cil­ity plan in favour of a staged de­vel­op­ment.

“It has been al­most two years since coun­cil sold the PCYC build­ing to Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land to as­sist with the in­te­gra­tion of Year 7 stu­dents into the sec­ondary school sys­tem and dur­ing that time coun­cil has regularly en­gaged in fund­ing dis­cus­sions,” he said.

PHOTOS: MAX FLEET BUN211013BRC1

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil is hope­ful of fund­ing for job cre­ation projects.

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