Labor commits to foreshore
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.
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