May 8, 2009

Nearly $3 million for Bluewater Trail at Mackay

Nearly $3 million for Bluewater Trail at Mackay

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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 8 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Joe Ludwig, Minister for Human Services have announced that the Rudd Government will offer nearly $3 million towards the $5.5 million tourist pedestrian and bicycle pathway project in Mackay.

Minister Ludwig was in Mackay today for the announcement with the Member for Dawson, James Bidgood.

The Bluewater Trail project, managed by the Mackay Regional Council, will complete more than 20 kilometres of dedicated pedestrian paths and bikeways.

The federal funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The funding is just over half of the cost of this project. It will incorporate:

  •  Raised boardwalks;
  •  Environmental areas;
  •  Activity areas for children and young people;
  •  Gardens and play areas; and
  •  Access for people with a disability

The Bluewater Trail will link to other popular tourist spots such as the Botanic Gardens, Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Quay and Sandfly Creek Walk. The project will support jobs during construction, and have flow on benefits for other related tourism-related jobs.

The Bluewater Trail project involves completion of the section from the Botanic Gardens to Caneland Park, specifically the sections from the Botanic Gardens to the Catherine Freeman Walk (Hospital Bridge section), and the Catherine Freeman Walk to Caneland Park (Environmental Park section).

This funding builds on more than $1 million that the Rudd Labor Government has already delivered for local playground upgrades in the Mackay Regional Council area this year. It brings Rudd Government investment in Mackay regional community infrastructure to $4 million this year alone.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure with construction projects already underway. More than 3,000 projects are being funded through the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support local jobs.