Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig has written to new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking his continued support of the Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation Project.
Council has applied for $10 million in Federal Government funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), which coupled with a $25 million commitment from the State Government, will be vital to fully realise the potential of Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation Project.
Cr Ludwig said Prime Minister Turnbull has previously shown great support for this region in his former role as Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.
“In 2007 Mr Turnbull was instrumental in allocating $16.5 million of Federal funding towards the $50 million Yeppoon to Rockhampton pipeline, which at the time was a partnership between Livingstone and the State and Federal Governments,” he said.
“That timely investment helped drought proof the Capricorn Coast and provided a great environmental outcome for both the Waterpark and Sandy Creek catchments.
“The revitalisation of the Yeppoon Foreshore is the centrepiece of our post-cyclone recovery and will be a considerable economic driver for the entire region.
“The former PM made it very clear after suffering the effects of Cyclone Marcia and downturns in the resources industry, that Livingstone and Rockhampton communities would not be ‘left in the lurch’ when it came to the next round of NSRF funding.
“The new Prime Minister needs to be made aware that now more than ever, our region needs his rock-solid support and commitment during this critical economic recovery phase.
“The Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation Project more than meets all the criteria under the National Stronger Regions funding guidelines including immediate and long term job creation as well as attracting private sector investment.
“A recent study released by CQUniversity shows the revitalisation project will create up to 260 jobs during the construction phase and a further 681 long term jobs.
“The report also indicated that an extra 6,000 jobs would be created at regional and state level over the next ten years as a direct flow on from the project.”
“Importantly the project will also trigger a 20% increase in the number of visitors to the region, injecting up to $6million a year into the local economy and $60 million regionally.”