Wa­ter­front jumps hur­dle for $35 mil­lion in fund­ing

Coun­cil throws RDAF sup­port be­hind Stage 1

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

State Govern­ment.

Coun­cil’s share for Stage 1 would be $5.3 mil­lion, with coun­cil’s to­tal con­tri­bu­tion $20 mil­lion over three stages.

It is es­ti­mated that Stage 1 im­ple­men­ta­tion would cre­ate more than 300 jobs over three years dur­ing con­struc­tion and more than 100 jobs once oper­a­tional and con­trib­ute an es­ti­mated $14 mil­lion per an­num into the re­gional econ­omy.

Divi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said she was ex­tremely pleased that the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors voted for the project to pro­ceed to the next phase.

“It has been a long road and a lot of hard work has been put in by a lot of peo­ple to make this hap­pen, but more im­por­tantly, as I have said all along, the re­gion des­per­ately needs the in­jec­tion of money that this project will bring to town,” she said.

“There will be very real jobs made im­me­di­ately not men­tion all the ma­te­ri­als and flow-on ben­e­fits to many peo­ple and the town.”

The next step in the process is for coun­cil of­fi­cers to pre­pare an Ex­pres­sion Of In­ter­est (EOI) to sub­mit to the RDAF com­mit­tee by 5pm to­mor­row.

The Far North RDAF com­mit­tee will short­list three re­gional projects by Jan­uary 11 to put for­ward to the Fed­eral Govern­ment for fund­ing, with the Wa­ter­front con­sid­ered likely to be one of these.

If this oc­curs, coun­cil will have un­til Fe­bru­ary to sub­mit a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion for RDAF fund­ing.

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