The Charleville’s Industrial Precinct has received $295 million in funding from the Queensland State Government as part of the Building our Regions (BoR) program, paving the way for local jobs in Queensland.
The $1 million-plus funding package features $800,000 from BoR and $209,693 from Queensland’s Murweh Shire Council. As part of the BoR program, the Queensland State Government will partner with 37 councils on 49 projects, which is estimated to create 657 jobs.
Annie Liston, mayor of Murweh Shire Council, says the funding will stimulate economic growth in the WA region, providing extra capacity for existing and exploring new markets.
“Our council is currently working with industry and businesses wanting new industrial sites close to rail, road, and air services,” said Liston.
“The BoR funding from the Queensland State Government will ensure that we can service new industries in Charleville, creating jobs, and providing sustained economic growth.”
In addition, the BoR program has allocated $225 million to 174 critical infrastructure projects across the state, generating 1762 jobs, and attracting additional investment of $353.5 million from councils and organisations.
Cameron Dick, minister for state development, manufacturing, infrastructure, and planning, says the BoR project will add 13 industrial blocks to the Charleville Precinct, with new bitumen roads, electricity, water, drainage, and sewerage all part of the expansion.
“These new blocks will increase capacity within the precinct to 21 sites, with works expected to create more than 20 new jobs during development,” said Dick.
“It will also facilitate long-term job growth in the region through greater business attraction.”
Dick says the industrial precinct will be a great driver for the local economy, supporting larger sectors like mining and meat processing as well as emerging industries such as waste processing.