Improving Mount Isa's water infrastructure, refurbishing the Birdsville Tourist Park and upgrading the Normanton Water Treatment Plant are just some of the projects which will be fast-tracked through the state government's $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.
The funding will go towards 58 projects across North West and Far West Queensland, which councils expect will create or support more than 470 local jobs.
Mount Isa City Council will get $2,570,000 to upgrade water reservoirs, replace or extend water mains and sewer mains and locate and fix ineffective water main isolation valves.
The program is part of the Queensland Government's $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs and Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the positive impacts would be felt almost immediately.
"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 corona virus pandemic which is impacting economies around the world," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"I am very pleased that projects aimed at enhancing tourism as well as improving water and waste infrastructure will be funded through this fantastic initiative."
Mr Hinchliffe said the program was specifically designed to help councils get their communities back on their feet as quickly as possible and minimise any long-term effects of the pandemic.
"Every council area is benefiting from the COVID Works for Queensland program and 520 projects are being funded, which the councils tell us will support or create more than 4600 jobs," he said.
Projects for North West and Far West councils include:
- $1,100,000 for the Boulia Shire Council - including for maintenance work to Robinson Park fence and Wooden Bridge, and the construction of a caretaker residence at the Rodeo grounds
- $1,100,000 for the Burke Shire Council - including for upgrading the water storage capacity for Burketown, improving irrigation at the Sewage Treatment Plant, and renovating the changerooms at Phillip Yanner Memorial Oval
- $1,590,000 for the Carpentaria Shire Council - including for the upgrade of the Normanton Water Treatment Plant, replacing irrigation at the Normanton Sewage Treatment Plant, and replacing water valves along Yappar Street
- $1,180,000 for the Cloncurry Shire Council - including for the installation of a new play area, amenities block, boat ramp and pathways at Chinaman Creek Dam recreation area
- $1,020,000 for theDiamantina Shire Council - including for the refurbishment of the Birdsville Tourist Park including constructing a new camp kitchen and landscaped BBQ area and upgrading WiFi technology
- $1,430,000 for theDoomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council - including for the installation of LED street light network, constructing a water splash park, and improving the council's internet connection speed and communications
- $1,060,000 for the Flinders Shire Council - including for the construction a new building as part of Flinders Discovery Centre, Stage 1
- $1,030,000 for the McKinlay Shire Council - including for improving the amenities at Julia Creek Caravan Park, and upgrading the Julia Creek, McKinlay and Kynuna landfills
- $1,360,000 for the Mornington Shire Council - including for the construction two accommodation units, and maintenance works to a number of council buildings
- $2,570,000 for theMount Isa City Council - upgrading water reservoirs, replacing or extending water mains and sewer mains where required, and locating and replacing ineffective water main isolation valves
- $1,030,000 for the Richmond Shire Council - including for the installation of a connection from the new town bore to the water treatment plant to increase the town's water supply, erecting a shade structure at Richmond Pool and upgrading the tennis court lights
Projects are required to be completed by June 2021.
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