A Buoyant Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham is singing the State Governments’ commitment to regions with what he says is more than $30 million in critical projects now underway across the regions as the State partners with local councils for projects from Eromanga to Chinchilla.
The Minister has highlighted the 90 jobs to be created with the start on a dinosaur museum, starting later this year.
The State Government was providing $15.2 million to local councils to partner the projects including the high-profile new state-of- the-art, multi-storey museum at Eromanga to house one of Australia’s richest most significant dinosaur and megafauna collections.
$2.4 million from the Government, and $600,000 from the Quilpie Shire Council would provide a multi-storey complex, replacing the former museum in a work shop building.
In addition to the project at Eromanga, the new south-west projects announced are:
At Charleville, a new planetarium to attract tourists and replacing ageing pipes to improve water supply ($710,438 from the State Government; $120,319 from Murweh Shire Council.)
At Roma, a major upgrade to the saleyards, with a dining/function area, new bull sales arena and extra parking, as well as sewer upgrades and new water mains in town ($4.5 million each from State Government and Maranoa Regiona Council.)
New bores to secure water supply at Eulo, Wyandra and Yowah, and pipe replacement and a monitoring system to make the sewerage network more reliable in Cunnamulla ($1.69 million from the State Government; $156,386 from Paroo Shire Council.)
The Eulo Water Security Project will also receive $96,731 from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
A botanical garden and entertainment precinct to attract tourists to Chinchilla ($2.85 million from the State Government; $3.17 million from Western Downs Regional Council.)
On the Downs a shared pedestrian and cycle pathways linking the Railway Parklands with Queen’s Park and the CBD and a reservoir to ensure long-term water supply around Wellcamp, ($2.99 million from the State Government $3.28 million from Toowoomba Regional Council) is also planned.
As well the Minister has highlighted projects in towns from Thargomindah to Pittsworth.
“They have benefited from almost $31.9 million already, with 13 of these projects are already complete or underway. These include flood mitigation, water supply, economic development, recreation and airport upgrades.”