Dr Anthony Lynham


North-west councils urged to seek building infrastructure funds

4 April 2016 –

Media statement – Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines The Honourable Anthony Lynham

Councils in north-west Queensland are being urged to identify shovel-ready infrastructure projects, with another $70 million of State Government funds now available.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the Palaszczuk Government had accelerated the second round of its Building our Regions regional infrastructure program by six months to generate much-needed jobs and development in regional Queensland.

“I would like the Boulia, Burke, Charters Towers, Mount Isa, McKinlay, Winton, Carpentaria, Croydon and Cloncurry councils to put forward projects that will create jobs and deliver economic development,” he said.

“The latest round opens today and we’ve made the process easier, with councils only needing to supply expressions of interest initially, rather than full, detailed applications.

“The Department of State Development then assesses their application and if they’re shortlisted, councils will have four weeks to prepare a detailed business case.”

The first round of Building our Regions funded more than $5.4 million worth of infrastructure for north-west Queensland communities from Charters Towers to Burketown, supporting almost 40 jobs.

“The Palaszczuk Government was proud to contribute towards more than $12.8 million worth of projects ranging from optical fibre links to cattle saleyard upgrades,” Dr Lynham said.

The first round funded seven projects across the north-west, including a $1.9 million fibre optic network from Doomadgee to Burketown.

For more information on the $200 million Building our Regions program visit