Since December 2015, the Building our Regions program has allocated $150 million towards projects that will deliver tangible benefits to regional Queensland communities.
Cultural, Sports and Recreational Infrastructure
- one state-level competition-quality mountain bike facility in Central Queensland that will build on the outdoor recreational opportunities available around Rockhampton
- 11 community/fitness/sporting facilities supporting a healthy and active lifestyle in regional communities, and providing communities with meeting places for their recreational activities.
- three aquatic centres providing local communities with safe swimming options in areas affected by extreme heat and/or marine stingers
Economic Development Infrastructure
- five infrastructure projects that will help open up industrial land, enabling future development and jobs
- six upgrades of existing facilities that will maximise and expand their commercial uses, creating new business and community opportunities that stimulate local economies, in turn benefitting communities and visitors alike
- one smart technology and working hub in Rockhampton that will encourage business investment in the region
- one service station upgrade that will provide fuel for the 1800 residents, plus visitors, in and around the 22 islands in the Wellesley Island Group in the Gulf of Carpentaria
- increased waste processing capacity in Cherbourg that allows for more recycled materials to be sold.
Flood Mitigation Infrastructure
- reduced risk of flooding in Biloela, St George and Dirranbandi through essential kerb and channel works
- two levee upgrades that will offer residents and businesses better protection during flooding events in Charleville and Roma
- a causeway on the Tate River allowing the community access during the wet season
- two new flood retention basins in Charters Towers that will reduce flooding and its impacts on residents and businesses
Road and Transport Infrastructure
- five airport upgrades to maintain ongoing operations, modernise facilities and provide vital links for remote communities to essential services
- two road upgrades and two new bridges that improve safety and accessibility for communities, as well as provision of emergency services
- maritime fuel storage and delivery systems that support 4000 marine vessels operating in the Gulf of Carpentaria
- shared footpaths for pedestrians and cyclists throughout Ingham that connect people to local services
- an indoor equestrian centre, grandstand and commercial kitchens at the Mackay Showgrounds to expand commercial usage
- enabling infrastructure for a much-needed aged care facility in Mossman
- 10 water/sewerage treatment plants constructed/upgraded, addressing issues with compliance and capacity to meet current and future population demands
- 18 water/sewerage upgrades delivering water quality outcomes and meeting the needs of future growth in local communities
- eight water supply or reservoir projects that will meet current and future water supply and storage needs
- two effluent re-use upgrades to reduce the volume of effluent water being stored and use treated effluent water for irrigation
- one resource recovery centre expansion at Moranbah, providing reliable waste disposal facilities to the area.
- almost 100km of fibre optic cable providing Burketown with consistent internet and mobile phone services
- geothermal power generation in Winton, providing a reliable and more sustainable power supply
- 5.9km CASA-compliant security fence at Hughenden Aerodrome, reducing risks to passengers and aircraft and protecting wildlife
- new roof and electrical system for the Kowanyama Mechanical Workshop, providing a safe work environment and supporting ongoing maintenance of council vehicles.
More information on the following projects and the benefits that they are delivering in regional communities: