Funding for Sunshine Coast councils to boost infrastructure pipeline

The Palaszczuk Government has approved up to $825,000 in grant funding for Noosa Shire Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council to mature infrastructure projects from promising ideas into solid proposals, under round two of the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program (MIPP).

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Noosa Shire Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council Regional Council will get a share of the available $22 million.

“The interest from councils in the program has been significant,” Mr Dick said.

“For the local communities this means building strong local governments with vital investment in early stage planning for projects.

“The MIPP is a $30 million program delivered across two rounds. Under the first round of the program, the Palaszczuk Government is already working with 22 local governments and industry to assess 40 new infrastructure proposals.

“The first round is supporting a diverse range of project planning, from a strategic assessment of the Flinders Shire Council’s tourism proposal for Porcupine Gorge National Park, to investigating the best options to deliver economic benefit to the communities within the Central Highlands Regional Council area through revitalising the Emerald Saleyards.”

Projects approved under round two of the program in the Sunshine Coast region:

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council to develop a business case for the proposed Sunshine Coast Exhibition and Convention Facility ($700,000).
  • Noosa Shire Council to support the detailed design of stage 3 of Rufous Street, Peregian Beach (125,000).       

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the program helped councils deliver infrastructure their communities had identified as important. 

“The Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program helps get these vital local infrastructure projects moving,” Mr Hallam said.

Mr Dick said the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program complements existing grant programs and will assist councils in determining their infrastructure priorities.

“This will better inform council submissions under the Building our Regions program, the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program and other project delivery programs and provide opportunities for Local Governments to also seek partnerships with the private sector to deliver regional projects,” he said.

To date, MIPP funds have been used to leverage industry expertise to provide an independent view on proposals and opportunities identified in the State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) or by local government.

For more information visit www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/mipp

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