Budget Announcements Boost Kennedy Electorate

The Commonwealth Government has today announced $17.2 million in infrastructure project funding in the Kennedy electorate.

The four programs – announced as part of the Federal Budget – are being funded under the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcements as more evidence of the Coalition’s commitment to Northern Australia.

“The investments announced today focus on strengthening communities in Kennedy by improving economic growth, boosting productivity and creating employment opportunities.”

The following projects will receive funding up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total project cost under the Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund:

  • Upgrade to water infrastructure for Charter Towers ($8,690,500).

  • Upgrade of Wastewater Treatment in Mareeba ($6,000,000).

  • Upgrade of Stage 2A Sewer Augmentation at Mount Isa ($2,515,000).

  • Construction of a Pontoon Wharf in Burketown ($160,000).

“These allocations are going to fund vital infrastructure projects that will provide a safe and reliable water supply in Charters Towers, Mareeba and Mount Isa.

Senator Macdonald pointed out that the Government’s commitment to Northern development is evident in that Kennedy is receiving a massive slice of the national infrastructure funding pie.

“Just days ago the Prime Minister announced several initiatives that focus on community and business development in the North. These included: creating the Northern Australian Alliance; $100 million in ‘beef roads’ funding including upgrades the Hahn Highway; an Infrastructure Australia Northern Australia Audit; creation of the Northern Australia Insurance Premium Taskforce; and, publication this June of the much-anticipated Northern Australia White Paper.

“To now have an additional $17.2 million in funding allocated to the Kennedy electorate – that is 8 per cent of the national Round One total of $212 million – shows a real commitment to creating opportunities and building capacity in Northern Australia,” said Senator Macdonald.

More information about the National Stronger Regions Fund is available online on www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.

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