The Federal Labor Government today announced it would contribute almost $9 million towards the redevelopment of the Mackay City Centre which will draw more tourists and new residents to the region.
The 1.3 million tourists who visit Mackay and its surrounding regions annually will benefit from the refurbishment of the historic Pioneer Shire Council Building, parklands and a new streetscape.
The works will also include decorative pavements, new street furniture, water fountains, street and landscape lighting and shade structures.
Good community infrastructure is essential for Mackay’s future economic growth.
I congratulate Mackay Regional Council for their successful application which will allow Mackay’s growing population to enjoy the more pleasant surroundings in their city centre and attract new investment.
This project is the first stage of a larger plan to make Mackay City Centre the destination of choice for people of all ages to live and work in.
The attraction and retention of skilled people is a high priority for the local region. Overall, the project is expected to generate around 65 new jobs during the construction stage and a further 100 new job opportunities once it is complete.
The project will be completed by the beginning of 2016.
Funding is being provided through Round Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund.
More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund can be found at www.regional.gov.au