Since the mining downturn today we see the Federal Government gift $2.4 million in grants to return the local economy to stability. Funding will be distributed across four local projects, with a total spend of more than $12.3 million.
The funding will also ensure new markets are opened and old ones improved to be sustainable and resilient in any future economic declines.
The $30 million Bowen Basin Jobs Package was renamed to Regional Jobs and Investment Package, after the last electoral wins by the National Party in Dawson, Capriconia & Flynn, and to address the 8.3% December 2015 unemployment rate, the highest figures to be reached in our region.
The first allocation of these funds to be released in our region was with the announcement of the $5.8 million allocation for the $33 million eco-resort ‘Sugarloaf’ in the Whitsundays and $1.5 million for Marroona Gardens Community Respite and Reablement Centre in Bowen.
One of the beneficiaries, D&T Hardchrome in Paget, will embark on a $10.4 million expansion. And the funding for Linked Group Services will help them design and build a new headquarters for its operations in Mackay.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the four projects would help transform the region. Citing “This morning saw an exciting announcement of $2.4m in federal funding by the Liberal National government into Mackay, generating more than 60 direct ongoing jobs for locals and leveraging private sector investment of more than $10 million. This builds on $7.3m in Regional Jobs & Investment Package announcements over the previous days in Bowen and the Whitsundays that will create more than 150 ongoing jobs in our region.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said regional Australia was “critical” to national prosperity and the government was “committed to unlocking its potential”.
“The Member for Dawson George Christensen has been a tireless advocate for the region, working closely with the local community to secure this important funding commitment and help fast-track major infrastructure investment,” he said. “This investment will help diversify the local economy, safeguarding it against any potential downturn in the future.”
PROJECTS SUCCESSFUL UNDER THE REGIONAL JOBS AND INVESTMENT PACKAGE
$420,000 to Diacon Australia Pty Ltd, Paget for a project to install “a suite of new manufacturing equipment” into a regional production facility, allowing Diacon Australia to expand its supply of ‘DIACON Plastic Conveyor Improvement System products into a growing network of resellers across Australia and ultimately, offshore. The total project cost is $1,050,000.
$249,839 to Linked Group Services Pty Ltd, Paget who is in the process of designing and building a new headquarters for their operations in Paget, Mackay. The new premises will include a fabrication workshop, logistics and storage headquarters, increased office space and a showroom. The total project cost is $499,678.
$150,000 to Mackay Canegrowers Ltd, Mackay, for a tailored skills and training program that has been developed for farmers in Central Queensland who use irrigation for intensive cropping. The total project cost is $300,000.
$1,600,000 to D & T Hardchrome Pty Ltd, Paget to embark on an expansion that will deliver a world class Industrial Hard Chrome Electroplating and Finishing Facility in the Bowen Basin region. The total cost of the project is $10,446,770.
JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! This morning saw an exciting announcement of $2.4m in federal funding by the Liberal National government into Mackay, generating more than 60 direct ongoing jobs for locals and leveraging private sector investment of more than $10 million. This builds on $7.3m in Regional Jobs & Investment Package announcements over the previous days in Bowen and the Whitsundays that will create more than 150 ongoing jobs in our region.
Posted by George Christensen on Wednesday, 14 March 2018