Eighteen Far North Queensland councils are in the running for a share of $70 million as part of Round 3 of the Palaszczuk Governmentā€™s Building our Regions program.

34 projects have been shortlisted in the Far North Queensland region, out of a total of 127 projects shortlisted across the state.

ā€œIt is pleasing to see the variety of shortlisted projects in the region ā€” including airport upgrades, recreation and community facility improvements, and water and sewerage network upgrades,ā€ said Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham.

ā€œFar North Queensland councils with shortlisted projects are seeking a total of almost $16.64 million from Building our Regions.

ā€œDetailed applications will open shortly and all councils will have to demonstrate compelling reasons for their projects to gain funding.ā€

The funds come from the governmentā€™s $375 million Building our Regions infrastructure program, which is reinvesting royalties in regional Queensland.

So far, $150 million has been allocated to 93 critical infrastructure projects, supporting almost 1300 jobs.

The projects are attracting a further $275 million investment from councils and other organisations.

22 far north projects from Mapoon to Mission Beach have already been allocated almost $24 million under previous rounds of Building our Regions.

ā€œThey range from water supply and sewerage, to enabling infrastructure for aged care, and community facilities,ā€ Mr Lynham said.

ā€œThe next stage of assessment will be very competitive and I urge councils to contact my Department of State Development (DSD) for further advice on developing their detailed applications.ā€

Detailed applications will then undergo a rigorous assessment process by DSD and an advisory committee of senior Queensland Government executives.

Dr Lynham said he expected successful projects to be announced in mid-2017 with construction of these projects expected to start no later than 30 April 2018.

Shortlisted projects from Far North Queensland councils are:

Aurukun Shire Council

  • Aurukun Works Depot UpgradeĀ 
  • Aurukun Bulk Fuel Storage FacilityĀ 

Cairns Regional Council

  • Earlville Trunk Sewer Network ImprovementĀ 
  • Mt Whitfield North Flood Mitigation Project
  • Saltwater Creek Drainage Remediation

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

  • Tully Landfill Remediation Capping ā€“ Stage 2Ā 
  • Wheatleys Hill Water ReserveĀ 

Cook Shire Council

  • Coen Landfill Leachate Infrastructure UpgradeĀ 

Douglas Shire Council

  • Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant UpgradeĀ 

Etheridge Shire Council

  • Georgetown Multipurpose Gymnasium ProjectĀ 
  • Charleston Dam Solar Pump StationĀ 
  • Charleston Dam Recreational PrecinctĀ 

Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Hope Vale Fibre Optic ProjectĀ 

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Kowanyama Airport Terminal Upgrade ā€” Stage 1Ā 

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Lockhart River Airport TerminalĀ 

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Mapoon Dust Reduction ProjectĀ 
  • Mapoon Machinery Shelter UpgradeĀ 
  • Mapoon Airport Lighting Upgrade

Mareeba Shire Council

  • Kenneally Road Sewer UpgradeĀ 

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Napranum Aged Care Service Infrastructure UpgradeĀ 
  • Napranum Street Lighting UpgradeĀ 
  • Napranum Community Eatery RefurbishmentĀ 

Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

  • Northern Peninsular Airport TerminalĀ 

Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Pormpuraaw Sporting Facility
  • Pormpuraaw Workshop Upgrade

Torres Shire Council

  • Horn Island Airport Boundary Fence
  • Thursday Island Helipad Safety UpgradeĀ 

Weipa Town Authority

  • Rocky Point Sewer Upgrade Ā 
  • Rocky Point Hibberd Centre RenovationĀ 

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

  • Wujal Wujal Transfer Station and Wash Down Bay Ā 

Yarrabah Aboriginal State CouncilĀ 

  • Yarrabah CCTV Security Project
  • Yarrabah Flood Mitigation Project
  • Yarrabah Street Lighting Upgrade
  • Reeves Creek Water Main Upgrade
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