More than $2 million will be injected into projects across the Burdekin including parks, playgrounds, public artwork and a new visitor information facility thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said 14 projects were set to be delivered under the 2017/19 program, stamping the Burdekin’s reputation as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
“The Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program supports regional councils to undertake job creating projects,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“We’ve been allocated a total of $3 million in funding with $2.07 million earmarked to be spent in 2018/19. This includes funding for a new visitor information facility in Ayr as part of Council’s plans to build tourism as an economic driver for the Shire.
“Visitor information facilities are a first point of call for tourists. Along with the Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre at Home Hill, the new facility will ensure drive tourists from both the north and south have the best opportunity to acquire information about our tourism products.”
Cr McLaughlin said parks and playgrounds would also be boosted with funding earmarked for upgrades to Anzac Park, a Burdekin Be Active Trail Exercise Station and the Nature Based Play Space at Plantation Park.
“The continuation of the Nature Based Play Space will see our vision for this unique play space come to life,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“In addition we’ll be carrying out an infrastructure and drainage upgrade at Ayr Showgrounds, upgrading the public toilets in Queen Street and extending the Burdekin’s street art trail with more art works across the Shire.”
Cr McLaughlin said a fuel facility would also be installed at Ayr Aerodrome, Rangemore Road and Home Hill Transfer Station would receive upgrades and a number of Council buildings would undergo energy efficiency improvements.
“Council is grateful to the Queensland Government for making all of this possible,” she said.
Council will have until June 2019 to complete all of the projects.