Air­port in wa­ter main win

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

A NEW wa­ter main will be con­structed at Townsville Air­port af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced $ 1.15 mil­lion in fund­ing to pro­vide a re­li­able sup­ply for the area’s in­dus­trial needs.

The lo­cal grant is part of $ 4.8 mil­lion worth of fund­ing for var­i­ous North Queens­land projects as part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Our Re­gions pro­gram. The state fund­ing, to be matched by Townsville City Coun­cil, will also sup­port the air­port’s cur­rent fire­fight­ing ser­vice de­mands.

State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said the Gov­ern­ment was part­ner­ing with Townsville to im­prove wa­ter sup­ply.

“This is great news for North Queens­land,” he said.

“Money from our roy­al­ties ( is) be­ing rein­vested to the re­gions where our roy­al­ties come from.”

Townsville Air­port’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Kevin Gill said the fund­ing would en­sure the air­port could meet fu­ture growth.

“We wel­come the sup­port for on­go­ing growth; it’s good news,” he said.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the air­port’s wa­ter main was an ex­tremely im­por­tant piece of in­fra­struc­ture.

“It’s needed for Queens­land Air­ports to be­gin their up­grade of the Townsville Air­port,” she said.

Palm Is­land has also re­ceived $ 1 mil­lion for an up­graded jetty precinct and an up­graded pedestrian foot­path.

The Palm Is­land Abo­rig­i­nal Shire Coun­cil will con­trib­ute $ 218,540.

Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Premier on North Queens­land Co­ralee O’Rourke said Build­ing our Re­gions was al­ready de­liv­er­ing for the North, with more than 100 jobs and al­most $ 9.14 mil­lion pro­vided for work from Char­ters Tow­ers to Palm Is­land.

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