Since December 2015, the Building our Regions program has allocated $225 million towards 174 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
  • 15 community/fitness/sporting facilities supporting a healthy and active lifestyle in regional communities, and providing communities with meeting places for their recreational activities.
  • four aquatic centres providing local communities with safe swimming options in areas affected by extreme heat and/or marine stingers
  • one street revitalisation in Gympie to create a pedestrian-friendly environment
  • two pathways for recreation that connecting key locations in Blackall and in Toowoomba
  • constructing a World War II history trail on Horn Island that offers tourism opportunities
  • a state-of-the-art museum at Eromanga for one of Australia’s most significant dinosaur and megafauna collections
  • two parks providing Rockhampton and Chinchilla with space for entertainment, improving liveability
  • a foreshore revitalisation at Airlie Beach to boost local tourism experiences.

Economic Development Infrastructure

  • seven infrastructure projects that will help open up industrial land, enabling future development and jobs
  • seven 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
  • four upgrades to caravan parks that will provide additional facilities and allow accommodation for more visitors
  • restoration of five historical buildings in Cherbourg that will complement the environment and achieve harmony for the surrounding community
  • a new operations base for the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Rangers that will optimise delivery of their work
  • a new fit-for-purpose retail, fuel and café facility in Jundah that will improve community resilience and access to supplies during flood events
  • a quarry weigh bridge facility on Horn Island that will improve its economic viability
  • a town centre redevelopment at Burnett Heads to stimulate economic and population growth
  • a planetarium that will extend the tourism and events season in Charleville.

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
  • three upgrades to stormwater drainage in East Mackay, Ayr and Cloncurry will make local residents and businesses more flood resilient.

Road and Transport Infrastructure

  • ten 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
  • a road with provision for trunk infrastructure between an inland port and an enterprise hub
  • concrete floodways at low-lying locations in Central Highlands’ rural road network
  • a shared pathway in Urangan, and upgrades to a footpath and the jetty precinct at Palm Island that will provide safer access for residents and visitors
  • a public carpark at Boyne Island to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow on the road network.

Social Infrastructure

Water/Sewerage/Waste Infrastructure

  • 13 water/sewerage treatment plants constructed/upgraded, addressing issues with compliance and capacity to meet current and future population demands
  • 31 water/sewerage upgrades delivering water quality outcomes and meeting the needs of future growth in local communities
  • 18 water supply or reservoir projects that will meet current and future water supply and storage needs
  • three effluent re-use upgrades to reduce the volume of effluent water being stored and use treated effluent water for irrigation
  • six waste and resource recovery centre expansions, providing reliable waste disposal facilities
  • an expanded recycled water network in Bowen will improve water efficiency and support economic growth

Other Infrastructure

Case studies

More information on the following projects and the benefits that they are delivering in regional communities: