Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham, who officially opened the new airport terminal in Roma on Saturday, has committed the State to continued funding and investment in critical and community infrastructure projects in the South west.
The Minister says more spending is needed to meet the current and future demands of the local communities across the state’s South West.
“Communities in South West Queensland, including Roma and Quilpie are benefitting from improved infrastructure and the support of local jobs under the Palaszczuk Government’s $375 million Building our Regions program.”
“The Palaszczuk Government’s continues to invest in the delivery of critical infrastructure projects across regional and remote Queensland to keep local economies, such as Roma’s ticking over in the longer term.”
The Minister says round three funding of the program is now open.
“I’m pleased to note that three projects in Maranoa have been shortlisted under this round, including the Roma saleyard multi-purpose facility, a sewer main upgrade, and a water main augmentation.”
“Two projects have been funded in Maranoa under previous rounds, including $2 million to upgrade the Roma airport runway and $3.09 million for flood mitigation works—supporting a total of 42 jobs during construction.”
Dr Lynham said successful projects for Round 3 of Building our Regions would be announced by mid-year.
The Minister also travelled to Quilpie to inspect the recently completed Bulloo Park redevelopment, which will provide better facilities for community events and improve its use as an evacuation centre.
The State Government provided $580,000 towards the Bulloo Park redevelopment project, delivered in partnership with $800,000 from the Australian Government and $120,000 from Quilpie Shire Council.
The Roma Airport terminal redevelopment was delivered through $531,082 in Queensland Government funding, complementing the $2,257,972 provided by Maranoa Regional Council and $500,000 support from Origin.