La­bor com­mits to fore­shore

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A SHORTEN La­bor Gov­ern­ment would con­trib­ute $6.6 mil­lion to the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Air­lie Beach fore­shore.

This was part of an an­nounce­ment made in Mackay last week, when Shadow Trea­surer Chris Bowen, Shadow Min­is­ter for In­fras­truc­ture Anthony Al­banese and Daw­son can­di­date Frank Gil­bert pledged an over­all $16.2 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the Whit­sun­days.

In ad­di­tion to the money for the fore­shore, $9.6 mil­lion has been promised for the Can­non­vale in­te­grated potable and re­cy­cled wa­ter project.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is ex­pected to kick in a fur­ther $6.6 mil­lion to en­sure the Air­lie Beach fore­shore re­mains “a fo­cal point and key des­ti­na­tion for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors”.

Coun­cil would also be chip­ping in $9.6 mil­lion (matched by a La­bor Gov­ern­ment) to get the Can­non­vale wa­ter project off the ground.

Whit­sun­day mayor An­drew Will­cox said coun­cil’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Air­lie fore­shore would be de­pen­dent on State Gov­ern­ment grants.

“We haven’t given a com­mit­ment to give the $6.6 mil­lion,” he said.

“We are go­ing to lean on our broth­ers in the State to help us with that.”

Cr Will­cox ex­plained the Air­lie Beach fore­shore de­vel­op­ment was still in its early stages and still open to com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

He did how­ever note he was “very happy” with the pro­posed fund­ing pledge.

“I ac­tu­ally pitched the (Can­non­vale) pipe­line and that project to the La­bor can­di­date Frank Gil­bert,” he said, ex- plain­ing the pro­posal in­cluded in­creas­ing the di­am­e­ter of the cur­rent pipe car­ry­ing wa­ter to Can­non­vale and Air­lie Beach, with treated wa­ter ex­pected to be suit­able for grow­ing food crops.

CAN­DI­DATE: Frank Gil­bert

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