The Honourable Campbell Newman
Minister for State Development,
Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney
Resources communities in the Western Downs region will benefit from improved roads and sewerage with an almost $7.5 million commitment as part of the Newman Government’s $495 million Royalties for the Regions program.
Premier Campbell Newman said nine projects would be funded to service the increasing population in resource towns like Miles, Chinchilla and Goombi.
He said the nine projects were:
“Royalties for the Regions is about reinvesting a share of royalties in resource regions to help build new and improved community, road and floodplain security infrastructure,” Mr Newman said.
“Miles currently has 324 workers in accommodation camps, with approved or proposed applications for a further 2,527 workers—and early discussions are underway to construct a camp for another 3,000 workers.
“It’s clear the Miles Water project is needed to service the increasing population resulting from major growth in the resources sector.
“The project will build infrastructure to support an increase in the water and sewerage network capacity, and will see the development of a recycled water scheme to alleviate pressure on potable water supplies.”
Mr Newman said the Chinchilla Washdown Bay would address the risk of weed and seed spread resulting from the increase in resource sector activity in the region.
“The new facility replaces the existing one that is in poor condition. It will have environmental improvements such as water treatment and recycling, many of which cannot be retrofitted to the existing washdown bay,” he said.
“In addition to this, we are funding seven projects to upgrade or seal roads in the Western Downs region which are being impacted by the rapid growth of the resource sector.
“Some of these roads are currently unsealed, and residents are being affected by dust issues associated with the large number of heavy vehicles using them.
“The sealing of these roads will resolve these issues and improve visibility and community safety —as well as providing economic benefits through improved travel times and reduced maintenance costs.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said Council had put forward strong business cases for the projects and he would announce further projects receiving Royalties for the Regions funding across the state in the coming days and weeks.
He said industry was also making a significant contribution, with the private sector expected to contribute more than $5.5 million to the Western Downs projects.
Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs said the funds would help deliver better infrastructure for resource communities in the electorate.
“I am delighted these important projects are now able to proceed for the Western Downs community,” Mr Hobbs said.
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