$47 mil­lion agri­cul­tural project now ap­proved

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly -

MORE jobs are com­ing to North Queens­land with the Co-or­di­na­tor-Gen­eral ap­prov­ing the $47 mil­lion 15 Mile Ir­ri­gated Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment project.

The project will be lo­cated on the Flin­ders River around 12km north-north­west of Hugh­en­den, with State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Cameron Dick say­ing it will be one of the largest em­ploy­ers in the re­gion once fully de­vel­oped.

“The project will cre­ate up to five jobs dur­ing its five-year con­struc­tion phase and 77 jobs dur­ing the ini­tial three-year de­vel­op­ment phase,” Mr Dick said.

“At full op­er­a­tion, the project will sup­port a work­force of 165 staff, which is equiv­a­lent to 21 per cent of the to­tal work­force in Flin­ders Shire.

“There are also at­trac­tive flow-on ben­e­fits to other in­dus­tries in the re­gion as­so­ci­ated with agri­cul­tural sup­plies and trans­port.

“The Palaszczuk Govern­ment is a job-cre­at­ing govern­ment, and we’ll con­tinue to back big re­gional projects like this to put more Queens­lan­ders into work.

“This is also a great ex­am­ple of a lo­cal coun­cil with lim­ited re­sources tak­ing the ini­ti­ate to drive a unique, jobs-sus­tain­ing project,” he said.

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA

AP­PROVAL: Cameron Dick has an­nounced the green light for a Flin­ders Shire project.

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