$6.9 million funding splash to support Mackay jobs
TEN key projects will be at the centre of the Mackay Regional Council's battle against the economic fallout of coronavirus.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today announced $6.9 million would be spent in Mackay as part of the $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.
Mr Hinchliffe said the pandemic had affected the global economy and that Queensland was not immune to its impacts.
"This program is specifically designed to help councils get their communities back on their feet as quickly as possible and minimise any long-term effects of the global coronavirus pandemic which is impacting economies around the world," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"While there's no doubt Queenslanders are resilient, I know these projects, and the jobs they create, will be extremely welcome during this tough time."
Across the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday areas, the combined spend of $11 million will deliver 34 projects and create or support 249 jobs.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said it was important to lay a strong foundation for economic recovery.
"Our local anglers will be pleased with the installation of artificial reef habitats along the Pioneer River, increasing fish abundance so the next generation of fishermen have something to catch too," she said.
"We've also got the green light for upgrades to the MECC, because as we recover from the pandemic, I want to see more events book what is a world-class venue."
-Minor capital works upgrades and maintenance of aquatic facilities including the Bluewater Lagoon, Pioneer Pool, Memorial Pool and Mirani Pool
-Minor capital works upgrades and maintenance of community facilities including Gordon White Library, Greenmount Homestead, Sarina Library, Sarina Field of Dreams Museum, Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Pioneer Pool, Jubilee Community Centre and Dudley Denny City Library
-Minor capital works upgrades and maintenance for parks including the Bluewater Trail Public Art upgrade, playground maintenance at Illawong Beach, John Breen Park, Grass Tree Breach and Bucasia
- Waterways and foreshore restoration and maintenance
- Installation of a new PA system and a roof rehabilitation at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
-Minor capital works upgrades and maintenance of the Sarina Water Recycling Facility, North Mackay Water Recycling Facility and South Mackay Water Recycling Facility
-Water network infrastructure upgrades including trilinity chlorinator condition assessment and servicing, maintenance to valves and hydrants, solar servicing, manhole raising for flood mitigation, sewerage pump station and wet well maintenance
-Installation of field netting at Mackay Stadium
-Installation of Habitat Reef modules at Bridge Rd, Brisbane St and Carlyle St to improve fish habitat
-Construct a footpath linking the Eungella School to the existing footpath network in the central park at Eungella allowing easier access for students.
Projects are required to be completed by June 2021.