The Honourable Campbell Newman
Minister for State Development,
Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney
Resource communities in the Maranoa region will benefit from improved floodplain security, roads and sewerage with a more than $12 million commitment as part of the Newman Government’s $495 million Royalties for the Regions program.
Premier Campbell Newman said four projects would be funded to service the increasing population in the resource towns of Roma, Injune and Wallumbilla.
He said the four projects were:
“Royalties for the Regions was about reinvesting a share of royalties in regions to help build new and improved community, road and floodplain security infrastructure,” Mr Newman said.
“Population growth as a result of the energy sector boom means the Roma sewerage and the Injune water reticulation systems do not have the capacity to cater for current or future demand.
“Without these upgrades, growth in the region will be restricted as the infrastructure services struggle to cope.
“And any restriction in the growth of housing stock is likely to have a detrimental impact on housing affordability and regional liveability.”
Mr Newman said the Wallumbilla North Road project would see a 5.3 kilometre stretch of the road bitumen-sealed to provide better connectivity between Maranoa and Western Downs in the Surat Basin.
He said the Roma Flood Mitigation Project would construct a levee embankment adjacent to Bungil Creek, approximately six kilometres long.
“Roma has flooded three times in the last two years, with February 2012 seeing more than 450 homes inundated,” Mr Newman said.
“This project will help protect Roma homes and businesses and provide greater peace of mind in the event of heavy rainfall and flooding in the future.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he was delighted these important projects were able to proceed for the Maranoa community.
“I am also very pleased that industry is making a significant contribution, with the private sector likely to contribute around $2.6 million to make these projects happen,” Mr Seeney said.
“I will be announcing further projects which are receiving Royalties for the Regions funding, in the coming days and weeks.”
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