Llew O’Brien welcomes Minister for Regional Development to Maryborough

October 5, 2016


Llew O’Brien welcomes Minister for Regional Development to Maryborough

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said the Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash will visit Maryborough for the third time in recent months, to speak at the Regional Economic Development Growth Forum at the Brolga Theatre on Thursday, 6 October.

“Minister Nash lives in regional Australia and understands the challenges and opportunities that regional communities face,” Mr O’Brien said.


“This will be the Minister’s third visit to Wide Bay in recent months.  In May, Minister Nash visited with the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to open my campaign office and commit $395,000 to the Fraser Coast Council’s Portside Precinct Project.  In June the Minister returned to Maryborough to announce the $20 million Wide Bay Burnett Jobs Package.”

“The Coalition Government is investing in a range of projects to support local community groups, and initiatives to strengthen the economy to create jobs.  This visit reaffirms those commitments and allows us to see some of the good work that has already started.

“I am working with the Liberal Nationals Government to deliver on our commitments to Wide Bay including:

  • A $20 million Wide Bay Burnett Jobs Package to create local jobs;
  • Funding to fix the Bruce Highway including Section C and planning for Section D of the Cooroy to Curra four lane upgrade;
  • $395,000 to renovate historic buildings along Kent and Wharf Streets, Maryborough;
  • $2 million towards upgrading the Cooloola-Noosa Road to create better access and opportunities for tourism and agriculture;
  • $22,000 for a new kitchen and bathroom at Noosa’s Men’s Shed;
  • $20,000 for a new kitchen at the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club;
  • $400,000 to improve access at Noosa National Park;
  • $396,698 for CCTV cameras to improve community safety at Murgon;
  • $25,000 to extend Murgon’s Men’s Shed
  • $20,000 for a new acoustic ceiling at Murgon’s PCYC;
  • $200,000 to the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce for CCTV cameras at Cooroy;
  • Mobile phone coverage to Poona and along the Wide Bay Highway between Woolooga and Kilkivan;
  • $68,000 to fund a Men’s Shed at Tin Can Bay;
  • $11,752 towards new vehicles for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport at Tin Can Bay;
  • $11,352 towards a new building for Cooroy Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group;
  • $7,800 to assist with renovations at Gympie’s Girl Guide Jacana Hut;
  • $11,658 towards a new shed for the Maryborough Motorcyclist Club;
  • $5,160 to assist with the purchase of outdoor broadcasting equipment for Noosa Community Radio;
  • $20,000 towards upgraded lighting at Noosa District Rugby Union Club;
  • $20,000 towards the refurbishment of Tait-Duke Community Cottage at Tewantin;
  • $13,185 to upgrade technology at Maryborough’s Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre;
  • $20,000 to purchase playground equipment at Murgon’s Rotary Park;
  • $7,459 towards the installation of new lighting at the Mary Valley Show Ground;
  • $30.4 million for the new Tinana interchange;
  • $900,000 for Stage Two of the Fraser Coast Military Trail, Maryborough’s Duncan Chapman Memorial;
  • $325,000 for an all weather extension to the Brolga Theatre, Maryborough;
  • $5 million for Gympie’s new aquatic centre; and
  • $548,250 to upgrade Gympie’s Pavilion and Conference Centre

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