The much anticipated Burketown Wharf Precinct is set to become a reality following a million dollar investment by the Federal Government.
Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed today’s announcement of $994,619 for the Burke Shire Council project as part of Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
“This investment in critical infrastructure in Burketown is welcome news for this region,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Following the $2.2million grant by the Commonwealth for the Burketown fibre optic cable earlier this year, and last year’s grant of $160,000 for the Albert River pontoon, today’s announcement further demonstrates the Commonwealth’s commitment to the North, and particularly to remoter regions in the Gulf.
“Not only will this funding help the Burke Shire to secure this essential infrastructure, it also offers a wonderful opportunity to pursue tourism and recreational experiences by improving access to the Albert River, as well as enhance the economic development of the region.”
Senator Macdonald said the successful project was one of three announced in the Kennedy electorate. The others include $10million for the construction of the Charleston Dam in Etheridge Shire, and $90,200 for the Rocky Creek WWII Igloo Restoration Project just north of Atherton.
“I congratulate the Burke Shire Council for all their hard work in putting together such a comprehensive application in what was an extremely competitive funding round,” Senator Macdonald said.
There were 479 applications lodged under Round Three of the program, which focuses on strengthening the regions by improving the productivity, employment and workforce skills of communities in these areas.
The Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash, made these announcements today, paying tribute to the work regional communities do to make a better life for their locality and the nation.