$20m 'Christmas present' for regional infrastructure in south-west and northern Queensland

North and south-west Queensland councils will share in almost $20 million of State Government funding, to upgrade or build new infrastructure.

A total of $14.5 million has been set aside for 11 projects in the south-west under the 'Building our Regions' program.

There is $3 million to go towards the second stage of the flood levee in Roma and there is $5 million for a new water treatment plant at Chinchilla.

Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown said it was a big boost.

"It's the future of the town of itself at Chinchilla because it has seen significant growth over the past few years," he said.

"When you receive $5 million just before Christmas, it's certainly a wonderful Christmas present."

There will be $500,000 upgrades at the Birdsville caravan park and Thargomindah airport.

In the north, there is $2 million for the Doomadgee to Burketown optical fibre link and $1 million for the Cloncurry saleyards.

There is also funding for wastewater management in Julia Creek.

Source: ABC News

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