Marian residents will reap the benefits of the upgrade to the Pioneer Valley Riverside Trail and Playground, which is being partly funded through Round Three of the Federal Labor Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.
Mackay Regional Council will receive almost $500,000 for the development of the riverfront and to upgrade the Edward Lloyd Park in Marian.
Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, said that the funding would provide for construction of a new playground and outdoor educational viewing area overlooking the Pioneer River.
“This project will see the installation of sheltered picnic tables, park benches and gas BBQs, and landscaping works along the riverfront,” Ms Livermore said.
“It will increase the capacity within the town and other rural communities to participate in a healthy lifestyle and family-friendly activities, as well as attract more tourists.
“This is just another way that the Federal Government is supporting people in Capricornia.”
Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said this project would deliver employment benefits to the region, creating around 10 jobs during construction and sustaining a further two after its completion.
“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for the community over the longer term. It will mean local employment as well as the complete revitalisation of Edward Lloyd Park,” he said.
Minister Albanese said 79 projects across Australia were receiving funding under the latest round of funding.
“The latest round of regional funding continues our long-term investment in local communities including health and hospitals, skills, higher education and infrastructure into regional Australia,” he said.
Ms Livermore said the project was expected to be completed by the end of next year.
More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au