Major infrastructure projects announced for Kennedy

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed nearly $12million in funding for vital infrastructure across the Kennedy electorate as part of Round Two of the Coalition Government’s National Stronger Regions Funds.

Senator Macdonald said the funding would provide a much needed boost to communities across the north, boosting local jobs and providing critical infrastructure. 

“This is exciting news for communities in the Cassowary Coast Shire, Burke Shire, Mareeba Shire and Tablelands Regional Council,” Senator Macdonald said. 

Senator Macdonald said four projects would be funded as part of the second round of the National Stronger Regions Fund, which will deliver $1billion over five years to promote economic growth, targeting regional areas.

“The funded projects have been nominated by each of these communities as vital infrastructure needed to best position themselves to take advantage of the huge potential that we are starting to unlock across the North,” Senator Macdonald said. 

Projects include over $2million to install fibre optic cable between Doomadgee to Burketown, $1million to upgrade water supply at Millstream (Atherton Tablelands), $3.5million for a new aquatic facility at Mission Beach, and $5million for the upgrade of Mareeba Airport. 

“This funding represents a critical investment in these regions that will help kick-start local economies at a time when it is essential we have the infrastructure in place to move forward.”

“I congratulate the Mayors and councillors in these regions for their vision and hard work in securing this vital funding, and I thank the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss for announcing this funding,” Senator Macdonald said. 

More information on the National Stronger Regions Fund is available at

The list of successful projects in Kennedy is attached.

National Stronger Regions – Round Two - Kennedy

Mission Beach Aquatic Facility - $3,490,000 

This project will build an aquatic facility at Mission Beach providing the Cassowary Coast with community infrastructure essential to its future economic development and the social, health and safety needs of its residents and visitors.
The project will complete a sport, recreation and art hub by providing a 25m lap pool, a Rainforest themed leisure pool, a hydrotherapy pool and the associated administration, amenity and catering facilities. 
The project will drive regional development by enhancing liveability and diversifying the tourism product. It will redress a social disadvantage by providing infrastructure that every other community takes for granted but has been missing in Mission Beach

Doomadgee to Burketown Fibre link project - $2,211,765

The installation of fibre optic cable between Doomadgee and Burketown, with associated upgrade to the Burketown telecommunication exchange will deliver the following outcomes:

-establish Burketown as first/last internet hotspot on the Savannah Way;
-iIncrease average length of tourist stay and expenditure;
-increase property valuations and rates revenue;
-generate efficiencies for businesses, Council, service providers;
-create jobs in tourism and other sectors
-increase quality of healthcare services available;
-increase quality of education to current and prospective students;
-provide more disaster resilient telecoms infrastructure
-improve quality of tourism and events experience

Mareeba Airport Upgrade - $5,000,000

An upgraded Mareeba Airport will provide an alternative to Cairns Airport for activities like pilot training, maintenance and some general aviation, almost certainly delaying the need for a costly new runway in Cairns and resulting in catalytic economic efficiencies.

Upgrade Water Supply Scheme at Millstream - $1,000,000

The outcome of this project is to augment and upgrade the Millstream Water Supply Scheme to improve the quality and supply of water and thereby the health, wellbeing, economic viability and sustainability of the Millstream community, increasing the efficiency and productivity of critical water infrastructure


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