Yeppoon is set for a major tourism boost thanks to $2.5 million from the Newman LNP Government’s Royalties for the Regions program.
LNP Member for Keppel, Bruce Young said the $2.5 million Round 4 in partnership with Livingstone Council will deliver a fantastic $5 million dollar project for the region including a new beachfront water play area, recreation and community entertainment facilities for staging local and regional events to benefit both residents and visitors.
“The combined $5 million partnership project with Council will not only be great for the local and regional community, it be also a real game changer for Regional Tourism generating jobs and future long-term private sector investment,” Mr Young said.
“I am personally committed and so is the LNP Government to ensuring the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton region have a brighter future to look forward to.
“Our strong LNP team also has a vision and a plan to ensure our region has the infrastructure we need to bring prosperity and jobs through supporting growth and investment.
“This project and LNP’s investment over the past three years through the Royalties for the Regions program is proof of that commitment to turn around the years of Labor neglect of regional Queensland.
Fact Box of what the project will deliver:
A family water play facility to enhance the existing beachfront recreational and tourist precinct. The facility will feature zero depth safe design, featuring tipping buckets, water curtains etc. child-proof fencing and gates, sun-smart shaded tables and seating areas for visitors and parental supervision.
A roof over the existing Beach Stage and Performance Area. This will be a purpose-built fixed structure featuring enhanced sound projection design, lighting trussing, removable curtaining and weather protection.
And a shade over the existing Amphitheatre Terraces. It will have permanent fixed structures to provide year round shade and wet-weather protection and the design will enhance sound projection from the stage.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said both his Council and the community were thrilled with the announcement and praised the State Government for its continued investment in the region and State Member Bruce Young for his hard work and tireless support.
“This much needed announcement brings the total funding that the Shire has received through Royalties for the Regions and other State funding for major infrastructure projects to almost $22 million,” Cr Ludwig said.
“The LNP State Government really has to be commended for introducing Royalties for the Regions it is one of the most forward thinking initiatives of any State Government in decades.
“This new investment in Yeppoon’s foreshore, plus the $15 million Livingstone received in the previous Royalties round, will be a major catalyst to attract major private sector investment to grow our region’s economy and generate jobs and prosperity.”
Today’s announcement for Yeppoon follows a commitment from Premier Campbell Newman earlier this week to invest a further $500 million over 4 years in Royalties for the Regions if the LNP is re-elected.
“Royalties for the Regions is part of our strong plan to unlock economic opportunities and grow jobs in regional Queensland,” Mr Newman said.
“This funding from the Strong Choices Plan will ensure better roads, better community infrastructure and disaster mitigation projects will continued to be delivered in Queensland’s regions.”