Biloela can look forward to new aquatic facilities included a much-longed-for splash playground.
Our town is among the Central Queensland communities that will share in over $14.13 million for six projects thanks to round two funding from the $100 million Resources Community Infrastructure Fund (RCIF).
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Springsure, Emerald, Biloela, Barcaldine and Woorabinda will all gain exciting new community facilities.
“Queensland communities should be the first to benefit when the resource sector they support succeeds,” Mr Miles said.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government has partnered with the resources sector to deliver the $100 million fund.
“I’m pleased to announce $52.71 million in round two funding for 20 projects across regional Queensland, including over $14.13 million for six Central Queensland projects.
“This round two funding will enhance the project pipeline flowing into resources communities.
“Improving on the region’s already great lifestyle, Central Queensland will gain new aquatic facilities in Springsure and Biloela, a capability centre and karting club improvements in Emerald, new golf club amenities at Barcaldine and a community hub and disaster recovery centre at Woorabinda.”
Banana Shire Council Mayor Cr Nev Ferrier said council would gain over $2.7 million to deliver the Biloela Splash Park and Playground.
“Works will include provision of a zero-depth, interactive, shaded splash park, playground equipment, a new barbeque area, a new amenities building, and a pump/filtration plant, as well as landscaping, fencing, and security cameras,” Cr Ferrier said.
“This will be a great new space for our community to meet, socialise and beat the heat as well as a safe location for families and kids to enjoy the outdoors.”
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed the announcement of round two funding projects.
“The QRC is the peak body for coal, metal and gas explorers, producers and suppliers and we are very proud that members of our industry are contributing a total of $70 million to the RCIF for projects that will have significant benefits for our local resource communities,” Mr Macfarlane said.
An expert Advisory Committee considered RCIF applications for both funding rounds.
Committee Chair Tony Mooney said there had been strong interest in both of the RCIF rounds.
“Resources communities can now get ready to continue benefitting from the RCIF through this new round of projects,” Mr Mooney said.
“The committee looks forward to resources communities, including workers and their families, enjoying the many benefits of these projects.”