Mackay Receives Funding For Disaster Relief Repairs

Mackay Receives Funding For Disaster Relief Repairs

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

$13.42 Million To Fix Disaster Damage Around Mackay

Victor P Taffa

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced $13.42 Million to fix disaster damage around Mackay.

Money will be spent at Lambert’s Beach, St. Helens Beach, Midge Point Beach and for the Mackay Bluewater Trail and Queens Park.

$4.562 Million is being provided to determine best long-term solutions to help prevent erosion prior to sand replenishment at Midge Point and Lambert last Beach and the construction of new rock groynes on St. Helen’s Beach.

$8.8 Million will go towards revitalising the Bluewater Trail and Queen’s Park.

Premier Palaszczuk said while the Mackay region received disaster relief payments after Cyclone Debbie, damage to beaches falls outside the funding guidelines.

“We recognise revitalising Mackay’s beaches is a priority project for the council that will give value back to the community, boost tourism and help preserve the stunning environment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

State development minister Cameron Dick, who also has responsibility for the reconstruction authority, said Cyclone Debbie had a devastating effect on the community.

“We are helping to put this right.” Minister Dick said.

He said it is a good example of what can happen when the government governs from the regions.

Treasurer Jackie Trad said it showed the close relationship between the government and regional councils.

“Mayor raised it with the premier in the afternoon. The money was announced tonight.” Deputy Premier Trad said.