SENATOR THE HON. FIONA NASH
MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND RURAL HEALTH
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
MS MICHELLE LANDRY MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CAPRICORNIA
MS GEORGE CHRISTENSEN MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DAWSON
A re-elected Turnbull- Joyce Government will invest $10 million to ensure the long awaited Mackay Regional Sports Precinct becomes a reality after tireless campaigning by the Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry and the Member for Dawson, George Christensen.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash made the announcement whilst visiting Mackay on Wednesday.
Minister Nash said the project will generate local jobs, and is another example of the Coalition Government’s clear focus on stimulating growth in regional Queensland.
“The Coalition is committed to building communities which our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to. Quality sporting facilities are an important element of this vision, which I am focused on delivering.
”Sport is a big part of the social fabric of regional communities, and as a farmer from Central West NSW I understand that regional people rightly expect to have facilities on par with their city counterparts. This commitment meets this expectation,” said Minister Nash.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry welcomed the announcement and noted the importance of this project to the local community.
“I am pleased to have lobbied for this project on behalf of the Mackay community in Capricornia. It has been on the drawing board for a long time and the $10 million contribution from the Turnbull-Joyce Government will create a magnificent venue for local families, students and residents in the Ooralea area and the greater Mackay district,” Ms Landry said.
“Family sport makes up a big part of the social fabric of a community and this facility will create a modern vibrant sporting hub. The project will also allow Mackay to attract visiting sporting events which is good for local business.”
Ms Landry said significantly research showed that the project would create local construction jobs to support the Mackay economy.
“The project has the potential to unlock major economic investment in the region generating much needed jobs and business investment,” the hard-working MP said.
Ms Landry congratulated Mackay Regional Council and CQUniversity Mackay’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Pierre Viljoen for his passion in pushing this project for several years.
Member for Dawson, George Christensen congratulated the team at Central Queensland University for their vision and focus on this vital project.
“This commitment is like scoring Olympic Gold for the Mackay region because it will provide jobs for workers and work for construction businesses.
“It’s estimated that Stage 1 of the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct will provide as many as 104 jobs during construction, and another 33 new jobs once the facility is built.
“It also provides a golden opportunity to diversify our economy through offering better facilities for emerging athletes in a city which has already produced greats like Cathy Freeman and Geoff Huegill.”