Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter has received confirmation of $469,500 in fast tracked funding from the State Government’s $50 million 2016-17 Grants and Subsidies Program.

“These are all projects that are needed in our communities and I am glad to see the Government has heard our cries for a speedy delivery,” Mr Katter said.

“These developments are for eight communities across North West Queensland, our next step is to ensure tenders are given to our local suppliers.

Richmond, Croydon, Diamantina, Boulia and Doomadgee councils have all successfully received fast tracked funds following weeks of negotiations by the local member.

“While we are extremely pleased this funding is now available it is the local jobs that really go on to benefit the community,” Mr Katter said.

“We will be watching these projects carefully as they develop to make sure the community is reaping the maximum benefit,” he said.

The regional funding was fast tracked through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, the Community Resilience Fund and  Natural Disaster Resilience Program, a joint State and Federal Government program.

Each program delivers up to 60 per cent of the total cost of these projects.

Richmond Shire Council

  • Installation of two additional flood monitoring cameras on the Flinders Highway at  Boundary Creek, 65km west of Richmond, and Corella Creek, 70km west of Richmond – $9,000

Croydon Shire Council

  • Installing culverts and sealing floodways on Claraville Road and Richmond Road in to protect essential public assets and mitigate flooding during storm events – $57,997
  • Installation of an animal proof fence at the Croydon refuse facility to protect public health and reduce risk of disease from feral animals – $46,648
  • Installation of lightning protection at Butterfly North water supply and Croydon’s water treatment plant – $6,000

Diamantina Shire Council

  • Construction of a full roof over the Bedourie Community Centre courtyard and replacement of the front entrance doors and canopy – $60,000
  • Reinvigoration of Adelaide Street, Birdsville, as part of the ongoing streetscaping project, including improved drainage, kerbing and channelling, centre medians and landscaping with lawn, trees and shrubs – $45,000

Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Construction of a caretaker-visitor accommodation facility and installation of permanent floodlighting over the rodeo ground – $120,000

Boulia Shire Council

  • Installation of a stand-alone roof over the swimming pool at the Boulia Sports and Aquatic Centre – $124,800


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