VITAL FUNDING: Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has also announced vital State Funding for the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service to allow the service to build a new state-of-the-art hangar in 2016. Mr Byrne is pictured with Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service CEO Mark Fewtrell.
VITAL FUNDING: Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has also announced vital State Funding for the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service to allow the service to build a new state-of-the-art hangar in 2016. Mr Byrne is pictured with Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service CEO Mark Fewtrell. Melanie Plane

$11M economic boost for Fitzroy region from State Govt

OVER $11 million worth of State Government funded major projects are about to roll out across Central Queensland in a bid to boost the local economy.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne yesterday announced the projects had been identified for the first instalment of the Queensland Government's Accelerated Works Program (AWP) in the Rockhampton and Fitzroy regions.

The projects include $9.3 million for civil and road works associated with Powerlink substations across the region, including Stanwell, Strathmore, Biloela, Moura and Nebo, and $2.5 million for QFES operations in north Rockhampton.

An additional $600,000 has also been allocated for maintenance projects at three schools in Rockhampton - Warraburra State School, North Rockhampton State High School and Allenstown State School - and Yeppoon State High School.

Mr Byrne said accelerating projects within the State Government's funded Capital Works program was designed to fast-track the jobs and economic activity from these projects.

"These are important pieces of work that were programmed out years in the Queensland Government budget and we, as a government, are pulling those and other works forward on top of the increased maintenance programs we have shown for schools in the CQ area," Mr Byrne said.

"We're talking about building a QFES facility or increasing the capacity of facilities in north Rockhampton to meet demand and operational tempo.

"All up, we're talking around $11-12 million initially straight up and we think that will generate, in economic terms, between 20 and 30 full time equivalent positions.

"These were all part of a capital program in the $800 million set forward previously for the last forward-estimate budget for the Fitzroy region, but they have been pulled forward and accelerated to provide a staged stimulus to economies we know are having difficulty."

Mr Byrne said Central Queensland residents could expect more AWP announcements following major meetings in the Fitzroy region next week.

"Many may be aware that there is a shadow cabinet meeting in Gladstone shortly and there are a number of announcements that are planned to be made around that for the Fitzroy region more broadly," Mr Byrne said.

CQ Accelerated Works Programs

 $9.3M for Powerlink civil and road works

 $2.5M for QFES facilities

 $600,000 for school maintenance projects