News Date: 16 May 2017
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade will help stimulate the local economy by encouraging more people to visit the redeveloped Livingstone Foreshore area.
“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and vibrant town centres are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.
“This investment will create ongoing jobs which is great for the economy of Yeppoon and surrounding region.”
Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, who joined the community today for the sod turn, said she was pleased to see the Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project taking shape.
“The Lagoon Precinct will include the construction of the Appleton and Barry Street Intersection, Keppel Kraken Beach Access, the Normanby-Queen Streetscape, a Footbridge to Cooee Bay, and an Amphitheatre Stage Roof,” Ms Landry said.
“The Amphitheatre Stage Roof will cater to Livingstone Shire's ever-expanding event calendar. It will provide the community with access to a great venue that is protected from the elements year-round.
“The new lagoon pool is scheduled for completion in December 2017, just in time for visitors during the summer holidays.”
State Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga said the Queensland Government was committed to seeing the project delivered.
“The Palaszczuk Government has committed $29 million in funds towards the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project. This upgrade will create 195 jobs for the community,” Ms Lauga said.
“This is a major investment in the region's infrastructure and reaching stage 5 of the Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation project is a significant milestone.
“Residents and visitors to the region will all benefit from these projects and it's fantastic to see the foreshore go through this magnificent change.”
The Coalition Government is investing $2 million towards this component. The Queensland Government is providing $9 million, and Livingstone Shire Council is contributing $4 million.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced that important geotechnical investigations will start shortly within the Waterways estate wetlands to enable the project to progress to its next stage.
The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.
The Western Australian Government has completed works on 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region.
The community of Colac has celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre which will aim to provide modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.
A new road linking Main North Road to residential developments east of Gawler has been given the green light, paving the way for jobs and further investment in Adelaide’s north.