Bundaberg Mayor Cr Lorraine Pyefinch.
Bundaberg Mayor Cr Lorraine Pyefinch. Max Fleet

Council's $154M election wish list

A $154 million shopping list has been presented to candidates for the seats of Hinkler and Flynn by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

The list was mailed to each of the candidates on July 26 - two weeks into the campaign period.

Items on the list range between $2 million and $75 million, the most expensive being a waste water treatment plant in Bundaberg to serve East Bundaberg and coastal communities between Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads.

One of the list's items, a tartan athletics track for Bundaberg, has already been promised by Labor candidate for Hinkler Belinda McNeven who pledged $1.5 million for the $3 million project.

Bundaberg Regional mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said council had viewed the federal election as an opportune time to let the federal government know what was needed in the region.

“They ranged from aspirational projects, particularly projects which have been talked about in the community for some time, to projects which are needed like the waste water treatment plant,” she said.

Cr Pyefinch said council realised it would probably not get the funding needed for many of the items listed.

“It was really to create an impact of an example of our top needs in the community and what we would like to do if we could get a bit of help,” she said.

Ms McNeven said the pledge of money for the tartan racing track was a result of receiving the list.

“It is my view that we in Hinkler have missed out on funding for infrastructure,” she said.

“You can see from the extent of the list that we are in desperate need of infrastructure.”

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he would look into helping out where he could but warned that help would be limited.

“There is not a lot of money around and in the current climate we can't afford to be throwing money around,” he said.

The projects in the Flynn electorate totalled $15 million.

Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said council were well within their rights to lobby the candidates for funding.

“I will continue my strong advocacy for the region and work with the Bundaberg Regional Council to improve services for our community,” he said.

LNP candidate for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said he would do what he could to help council achieve what they needed.

“If elected we will go a long way to help council achieve funding under federal and state schemes,” he said.

“We can help them work with the appropriate authorities to raise the money needed for these projects.”

What council wants:

  • Coastal waste water treatment plant - $75m
  • Indoor multi-purpose sports/ entertainment facility - $25m
  • Tartan athletics track - $3m
  • Multi-modal pathway between Bundaberg and Bargara - $8m
  • Replacement pool at Childers - $8m
  • Childers multi-use community hub - $7m
  • Kolan Gardens High Care Facility extension - $4m
  • Monduran Bridge relacement - $2m
  • Smiths Crossing turtle trail - $2m

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