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.
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Roadworks have been completed on the $51.8 million new Mandurah Traffic Bridge with four lanes of traffic opening recently.
The Western Australian State Government will allocate $2 million to build a dual pathway in Tamala Conservation Park to connect Mindarie with Burns Beach.
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The construction tender for the new $26mil Palmerston Police Station has now been released, with companies able to bid for the contract over the next 8 weeks.