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Maturing the infrastructure pipeline – round 2

Maturing the infrastructure pipeline - round 2

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said 67 councils will each get a share of the available $22 million.

“The MIPP is a $30 million program delivered across two rounds. Under the first round of the program, the Palaszczuk government is already working with 22 local governments and industry to assess 40 new infrastructure proposals,” he said.

“The first round is supporting a diverse range of project planning, from a strategic assessment of the Flinders Shire Council’s tourism proposal for Porcupine Gorge National Park, to investigating the best options to deliver economic benefit to the communities within the Central Highlands Regional Council area through revitalising the Emerald Saleyards.”

Projects approved under round two of the program include:

  • Aurukun Shire Council to undertake strategic planning for the Aurukun Airport
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council, in partnership with Somerset Regional Council, to develop a Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Security business case.
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council to develop a business case for the Beaudesert Library.
  • Burdekin Shire Council to undertake detail design of a macro-algal bioremediation facility.
  • Barcoo Shire Council to undertake strategic planningfor three phase power connection to the Stonehenge.
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council to undertake a feasibility study for a Centre for Agricultural Excellence.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the program helped councils deliver infrastructure their communities had identified as important.

“The Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program helps get these vital local infrastructure projects moving,” Hallam said.

Dick said that the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program complements existing grant programs and will assist councils in determining their infrastructure priorities.

“This will better inform their submissions under the Building our Regions program, the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program and other project delivery programs and provide opportunities for local governments to also seek partnerships with the private sector to deliver regional projects,” he said.

To date, MIPP funds have been used to leverage industry expertise to provide an independent view on proposals and opportunities identified in the State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) or by local government.

For more information visit www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/mipp

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