Council hopeful to receive support on job-creation projects
BUNDABERG Regional Council remains hopeful that State and Federal governments can be persuaded to support two significant job-creating infrastructure projects.
The projects, worth $100 million, are the subject of funding submissions currently before both levels of government.
Mayor Mal Forman said council had a funding application for $5 million before the State Government under its Building Our Regions fund to assist with the construction of the $14.5 million Multiplex facility at the old Bundaberg Showgrounds site.
The council also applied under the Federal Government's Stronger Regions program for $10 million to assist with the construction costs for the Rubyanna Waste Water Treatment Plant.
"It is of the utmost importance that residents across the Bundaberg region are aware that council is committed to sourcing significant funds to provide this essential infrastructure for the region," Cr Forman said.
"It has been disappointing for the community that funding for the Multiplex facility, which is to house the PCYC and community event facilities as well as providing emergency shelter during disasters, has not yet received financial support from any level of government.
"The region has enjoyed a strong level of support from the commercial sector, with many new businesses establishing in Bundaberg and others enlarging the operations. I think it's time for governments to come on board to partner in this growth.
"The Rubyanna project is a game changer as it opens up opportunity for development in our region as well as providing a treatment plant that sits above the 2013 flood height.
"The construction will enable the decommissioning of the East Bundaberg Waste Water Treatment Plant which has previously been rendered inoperable during two significant flood events."
Cr Forman said it had been a difficult decision for the council to depart from its proposed $24 million Multiplex facility plan in favour of a staged development.
"It has been almost two years since council sold the PCYC building to Education Queensland to assist with the integration of Year 7 students into the secondary school system and during that time council has regularly engaged in funding discussions," he said.